Turkey : Part Four

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby burien1 on Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:41 pm

Gruesome ! Risky job being a reporter in that part of the world. :( :shark:
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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:36 am

Crown prince sought to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and detain him, U.S. intercepts show
By Shane Harris October 10 at 8:16 PM

The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered an operation to lure Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from his home in Virginia and then detain him, according to U.S. intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plan.

The intelligence, described by U.S. officials familiar with it, is another piece of evidence implicating the Saudi regime in Khashoggi’s disappearance last week after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials say that a Saudi security team lay in wait for the journalist and killed him.

Khashoggi was a prominent critic of the Saudi government and Mohammed in particular. Several of Khashoggi’s friends said that over the past four months, senior Saudi officials close to the crown prince had called Khashoggi to offer him protection, and even a high-level job working for the government, if he returned to his home country.

Khashoggi, however, was skeptical of the offers. He told one friend that the Saudi government would never make good on its promises not to harm him....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:38 am

burien1 wrote:Gruesome ! Risky job being a reporter in that part of the world. :( :shark:


Depends on whether the reporter reports favorably or not.

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:24 am

Turkey has 'shocking' audio and visual evidence of Saudi journalist's murder
By Bard Wilkinson, Nic Robertson and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN
Updated 6:56 AM ET, Fri October 12, 2018

(CNN)Turkish authorities have audio and visual evidence that shows journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul just over a week ago, a source familiar with the ongoing investigation told CNN.

The source, who was briefed by a Western intelligence agency, says the evidence showed there had been an assault and a struggle inside the consulate. There is also evidence of the moment that Khashoggi was killed, the source said.

The foreign intelligence service was shocked by the nature of the evidence, provided in a briefing from Turkish officials, the source told CNN....

Snip... International pressure has mounted on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to Khashoggi, a former Saudi royal insider who became a critic of the regime and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:26 am

What is the Global Magnitsky Act, and why are U.S. senators invoking this on Saudi Arabia?
By Jordan Tama October 12 at 7:00 AM

Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since he entered a Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey on Oct. 2, prompting widespread rumors that the Saudi government is behind his disappearance. A bipartisan group of 11 Democratic and 11 Republican senators sent a letter to President Trump this week, calling for an investigation and a determination of whether to impose sanctions on foreign government officials because of Khashoggi’s reported disappearance, “including with respect to the highest ranking officials in the Government of Saudi Arabia.”

The letter, signed by all but one member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was drafted pursuant to a 2016 law — the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act — that requires the president to decide within 120 days whether to impose the requested sanctions....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:33 am

Trump administration cautiously optimistic that pastor held in Turkey will be freed
By Karen DeYoung and Carol D. Leonnig October 11 at 2:19 PM

The Trump administration is cautiously optimistic that an American cleric who has been held in Turkey for the past
two years on espionage and ­terrorism-related charges will be released soon after a court hearing Friday, according to U.S. officials and people close to the case.

In a negotiated deal that includes the lifting of U.S. sanctions — both threatened and implemented — against Turkey, charges against the Rev. Andrew Brunson are to be reduced to allow him to be sentenced to time already served, or to be allowed to serve any remaining sentence in the United States.

Snip... The return of Brunson, whose case has been an intense focus of Trump’s evangelical political base, would be a major victory for the president. The administration would likely cast it as proof of the wisdom of his hard-line stance against Turkey, a NATO ally, and his commitment to protecting besieged Christians around the world....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:11 am

Trump to host American pastor freed by Turkey
BY JORDAN FABIAN - 10/12/18 05:10 PM EDT 197

President Trump on Friday hailed the release of Andrew Brunson, an American pastor who was being held by the Turkish government, saying Brunson would visit the Oval Office on Saturday.

"I hear he's in very good shape," Trump told reporters traveling with him in Ohio, where he is attending campaign events. “We’re very honored to have him back with us. He suffered greatly.”

The Trump administration had long pushed the Turkish government to release Brunson, who was imprisoned in October 2016 during a crackdown following a coup attempt....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:12 am

Saudis preparing to admit Jamal Khashoggi died during interrogation, sources say
By Clarissa Ward and Tim Lister, CNN Updated 6:26 PM ET, Mon October 15, 2018

Ankara, Turkey (CNN)The Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was intended to lead to his abduction from Turkey, according to two sources.

One source says the report will likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible.

One of the sources acknowledged that the report is still being prepared and cautioned that things could change....

Snip... Earlier Monday, President Donald Trump suggested that "rogue killers" could be behind Khashoggi's disappearance, after a phone call with Saudi Arabia's King Salman about the case. Trump said King Salman told him "in a very firm way that they had no knowledge of it."...

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:34 am

Saudi Arabia's sloppy Khashoggi response may force Trump's hand towards punishment
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President Donald Trump will meet his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for a full report on his crisis-response visits to Saudi Arabia and Turkey to craft the US response to the suspected murder of Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi.

Anonymous Turkish officials have leaked increasingly gruesome details of Khashoggi's alleged murder, implicating the Saudi state, to pro-government press and US publications.

But while these officials claim to have audio recordings of the murder, they have not shared them with the US and instead chose to leak them to the press.

Saudi Arabia remains widely suspected of murdering Khashoggi, and has only offered flat denials and access to the sites of interest after long delays and some visible preparation.

Trump explicitly does not want to harm the relationship with Saudi Arabia which he credits with creating jobs. But as global pressure mounts, his hand may be forced....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:01 am

WORLD NEWSOCTOBER 19, 2018 / 4:32 AM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO
As Khashoggi crisis grows, Saudi king asserts authority, checks son's power: sources

DUBAI (Reuters) - So grave is the fallout from the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that King Salman has felt compelled to intervene, five sources with links to the Saudi royal family said.

Last Thursday, Oct. 11, the king dispatched his most trusted aide, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, governor of Mecca, to Istanbul to try to defuse the crisis.

World leaders were demanding an explanation and concern was growing in parts of the royal court that the king’s son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to whom he has delegated vast powers, was struggling to contain the fallout, the sources said.

During Prince Khaled’s visit, Turkey and Saudi Arabia agreed to form a joint working group to investigate Khashoggi’s disappearance. The king subsequently ordered the Saudi public prosecutor to open an inquiry based on its findings.

“The selection of Khaled, a senior royal with high status, is telling as he is the king’s personal adviser, his right hand man and has had very strong ties and a friendship with (Turkish President) Erdogan,” said a Saudi source with links to government circles....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:53 am

The Geopolitics of Khashoggi Murder

Graham E. Fuller (grahamefuller.com)

17 October 2018

The grisly details of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi security goons in their own consulate in Istanbul has riveted global attention like few other recent stories. Not surprisingly, the lurid descriptions of this single sensational case have far greater impact on public perceptions than the deaths of some ten thousand Yemenis—mostly civilians— in Saudi Arabia’s military operations in Yemen—facilitated by Washington and London.

Simultaneously we have the theatrical spectacle of the Erdogan government in Turkey releasing in tantalizing dribs and drabs the apparently documented details of the horrors of Khashoggi’s torture, murder and dismemberment, keeping the story alive. All of this skillfully escalates public revulsion and places Saudi Arabia and its impetuous crown prince Muhammad bin Salman (MbS) into a stark spotlight before the world. Saudi Arabia has many enemies in this world; the chickens are coming home to roost.

But what is really going on here? What is Turkey up to? ...

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:59 am

Opinion
What Is Turkey’s Game?
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sees the Jamal Khashoggi case as a chance to hobble Saudi Arabia, a regional and religious rival.

By The Editorial Board
The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section. Oct. 23, 2018

Turkey has furthered the cause of justice by refusing to let Saudi Arabia evade responsibility for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist.

The steady drip of reports from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government-controlled news media over the past three weeks, exposing grisly details of the killing, has drawn the world’s attention to the ruthlessness of the kingdom’s young crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, even as the Trump administration gave every sign of longing to look away.

On Tuesday, Mr. Erdogan again drew the world’s eyes to this atrocity by addressing the issue at length for the first time, in a speech to members of his party....

Snip... That could leave room for Turkey and Saudi Arabia to engineer a deal. “He’s just bargaining and increasing the price,” one diplomat said of Mr. Erdogan....

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**** Pallets of money would solve a lot of Turkey's economic problems I would think. Disguised as cultural support of course. D. ****

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:04 am

RUSSIA AND TURKEY PROMISE TO DEFY DONALD TRUMP'S IRAN SANCTIONS
BY JASON LEMON ON 11/6/18 AT 12:47 PM

Turkey and Russia have both blasted President Donald Trump’s latest round of sanctions against Iran, promising to find ways to defy the punitive financial measures.

"We will not obey such sanctions,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, adding that his government saw Washington’s move as “violating the global balance," Russian news agency Tass reported. The Turkish leader underscored that the sanctions "contradict the norms of international law” and he did not wish "to live in an imperialistic world.”

Voicing similar sentiments, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pledged on Tuesday that Moscow would find ways to circumvent the sanctions and continue financial ties with Tehran. The top Russian diplomat also called Washington’s sanctions "unacceptable methods,” The Moscow Times reported....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:55 am

November 15, 2018, 9:06 PM
State Department says U.S. is evaluating Turkish materials on Fethullah Gulen

The State Department on Thursday said the U.S. is reviewing materials presented by the Turkish government, amid a report that the U.S. is exploring the possibility of removing an enemy of Turkish President Recep Erdogan from the U.S.

NBC News reported Thursday that the Trump administration is looking for ways to remove Turkish religious scholar Fethullah Gulen as a way to placate Turkey over the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, citing two senior U.S. officials and two others briefed on the requests. NBC reported the consideration includes directions to the Justice Department and FBI to reopen an extradition case. The Turkish government blames Gulen for a bloody July 2016 coup in Turkey.

"The NSC has not been involved in nor aware of any discussions relating the extradition of Fethullah Gulen to the death of Jamal Khashoggi," a spokesperson for the National Security Council told CBS News....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Exit40 on Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:54 am

Trump administration denies exploring extradition of Erdoğan foe for Turkey
BY TAL AXELROD - 11/16/18 09:30 PM EST

Members of the Trump administration are pushing back on a report that the White House was seeking ways to extradite a critic of Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan in an effort to get Turkey to ease pressure on Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

An NBC News report on Thursday said that the Trump White House had directed the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI to reexamine a request from Turkey to extradite U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen.

Gülen, who has been in the United States since 1999 and resides in Pennsylvania, is wanted in Turkey over claims he was involved in a failed coup against Erdoğan's government in 2016.

Justice Department spokeswoman Nicole Navas Oxman told Reuters on Friday that the DOJ “has not been involved in nor aware of any discussions” regarding Gülen's extradition....

Snip... The CIA has reportedly concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing, contradicting denials from the kingdom....

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Re: Turkey : Part Four

Postby Ready1 on Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:36 pm

Didn't Turkey demand Gulen's extradition long before the failed coup?
Just observing.

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