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Washington Post: The group that killed Khashoggi was trained in the United States

Although Saudi Arabia conducted an investigation into the incident, they still have not given a clear explanation on how Kaşıkçı was killed.

Some of the names of the Saudi Arabian team, who played a role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, were allegedly trained in the United States (USA). Allegedly, the training was given under the US plan to modernize Saudi intelligence.

Six months after Saudi-American journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in Istanbul on October 2 at the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia, the incident is still being uncovered.

David Ignatius, a columnist writing for the Washington Post, one of the most influential US newspapers, claimed that some members of the Saudi Rapid Response Group had received training under the supervision of the Foreign Ministry of the United States. Provided by the Arkansas-based private security firm Tier 1, the training was seen as part of the cooperation in defense and intelligence between Washington and Riyadh.

According to Sputnik, Ignatius pointed out that the training was not resumed after the murder of Khashoggi. Similarly, the US plan to modernize Saudi intelligence was also put on hold. This project, which was awaiting approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was being carried out by Culpeper National Security Solutions, which is a part of DynCorp.

The Riyadh administration filed 11 lawsuits against 15 of those involved in the murder of Khashoggi and ordered five of them to be executed. Among the 11 people, there are names close to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Selman such as Saud al-Qahtani and General Ahmad al-Assyri. The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had prepared a report holding the Crown Prince responsible for the murder.

Khashoggi, a former government consultant, used to criticize many decisions of Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Selman and his military intervention in Yemen.

TUNA AYBURC
Emailtuna@thelondonpost.co.uk

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