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2018年10月22日

Arab Analyst: Al-Saud May Face Int'l Criminal Court in Khashoggi's Case

FARSNEWS2018/10/22
Arab Analyst: Al-Saud May Face Int'l Criminal Court in Khashoggi's Case
TEHRAN (FNA)- Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Ray al-Youm newspaper, said Riyadh could face charges by the International Criminal Court after its admission of murdering prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"Saudi Arabia's official report to admit killing Khashoggi at the country's consulate in Istanbul is full of ambiguities and indicates the Saudi regime's desperate attempts to buy time; that's why it has faced doubt and suspicions and demands have increased for a clear international probe into this case," Atwan wrote on Sunday.

He noted that an international investigation might start into the case which would end up in a tribunal like what was held for Lockerby case.

Atwan said the Saudis succeeded in killing Khashoggi which was the easy part of the job, but failed to cover it, which, he stressed, could kill Mohamed bin Salman's dream for ascending to the throne.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 17:48| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Khashoggi Episode: The Trap Door Beneath Saudi Arabia Swings Open

Khashoggi Episode: The Trap Door Beneath Saudi Arabia Swings Open
TEHRAN (FNA)- The world community is rejecting Saudi Arabia's explanation of how journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in its consulate in Istanbul.

European governments are also reacting cautiously. London says it's considering its "next steps." Prime Minister Theresa May has long been under pressure to suspend its own arms sales to the regime over the illegal war on Yemen.

Turkey - where Khashoggi was killed, says it won't permit a cover up and its ruling party also questioned the Saudi version of events. Others aren’t letting go of this too.

This is because Saudi Arabia’s belated, incomplete and highly silly explanation for the death of Khashoggi is barely credible, and has been dismissed by the world community, the critics of the Saudi regime and by the journalist’s friends and supporters as an ugly fabrication or, at the very least, a gross distortion of the facts. Even the UN seeks some answers.

But for some Western governments, first and foremost the US, the statement in the early hours of Saturday from Riyadh claiming that Khashoggi was unintentionally killed in a “fist fight” offers a possible way out of a diplomatic crisis that has threatened to disrupt, or even destroy, a political, security and financial relationship they regard as vital to their national interests and arms business.

This is while there are still some hard questions that Riyadh has been unable to answer:

Why did Bin Salman and his officials wait for almost two weeks before admitting Khashoggi was dead, if his killing was not deliberate? Why all those staunch denials of involvement and the repeated, on-the-record assertions that Khashoggi had left the consulate unscathed, if they knew all along that he had died?

Why has Khashoggi’s body disappeared? If his death was an unintended accident, why was an ambulance not called and the police informed? The Saudi statements offer no clue as to where Khashoggi’s remains may be now. Turkish assertions that he was dismembered, smuggled out of the building in suitcases and buried in a forest near Istanbul are now more widely accepted.

It is hard to believe, too, that the two senior officials, close advisers to Bin Salman, who have been sacked for supposedly conducting, or mishandling, a ‘rogue’ operation or a botched interrogation, took any significant decisions without the crown prince’s prior knowledge. That’s not how things work in Riyadh.

Not is that all. If this was just a ‘discussion’, why did at least 15 men travel to Istanbul for the meeting at the consulate? Why did this Saudi group include a forensic expert and members of security forces? Why did they bring a bone saw with themselves? Why did the team leader make 12 calls to the special secretary of Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman in the one hour when Khashoggi was killed? Last but not the least, how could the crown prince not have known all this, specially when seven of the 15 men involved were either his body guards or top advisors?

However you look at it, the Saudi account makes no suggestion that the crown prince knew about what happened to Khashoggi. Indeed, he has been tapped by his father, King Salman, to lead a commission that is designed to review and “modernize” the kingdom’s intelligence operations after the death of the journalist!!!

The 33-year-old Mohammed is widely considered the real power in Saudi Arabia, however, and he has had to know something about this whole mess.

As is, the world community wants justice for Khashoggi and wants his murderers to be punished.

The world wants some answers and this brutal episode in Saudi politics is far from over. Things have just started for the MbS.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 16:55| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

介護夫の話を聞いた日

2018/10/21は、久しぶりの晴天。交通費のかからない近場で面白味はないが、緑もあるところ、街の変貌が激しいところに出かけました。

東葉高速線沿線のこの10年ほどの変貌は大変激しいです。まず工場ができ、その周りに住宅が建て並ぶようになっています。



そんな住宅街を歩きます。八千代市は一応都市計画ができており、町並みはまだ近隣よりも整然としているでしょうか。今も残る既存集落に大きなシャクナゲを育てておられるお宅があり、その通りを歩いたら二本のうちの一本がなくなっていました。ちょうどその家の方が外におられたので声をかけて問うと枯れてしまったとのこと。原因は不明の由でした。



細い跨線橋を越えようとしたとき、子犬と女の子二人が男女に連れられて階段を上ってきました。私がかわいいね! とあいさつ代わりに声をかけると、女の子が「〇〇〇なの」と言いますが聞き取れません。女の子の高い声は特に聞き取りにくくなっているのです。何度か聞きなおしていると、女性が「双子なんです」と通訳してくれました。
「そう! 仲の良い姉妹だと思ったよ!」 二人は手をつないでいます。
続いて「お母さんは−−にいるの」と言います。私がそばにいた女性のほうに向いて「こちらがお母さんだね」と言うと、その方が下を向いて笑い出しました。

後で歩きながら考えると、「お母さんは−−にいるの」は、「お母さんは家にいるの」(今日はおばあちゃんの家に来ているの)ということだったようです。

最近とみに如才なくなっている私、即座に人様を喜ばせる発言が出るようになっています。自分をほめてやりました。

次はヒノキでしょうか。


この池のスイレンは茂っています。


公園の出口で山茶花が咲いています。幼い女の子が山茶花の花びらを拾い集めました。「お爺さんが、明日の朝落ちてしまう花を探してあげるから」と言いながら、花を一つとってやろうとしましたが止めました。今どきの若い母親はどう反応するかわかりません。「悪いことを教えないでください!」と睨まれるかもしれません。

カメラを構えていると階段の下に来た女性が向こうを向いて写真を撮りました。上がってくるのを待つのが嫌で背中を向けたところを撮っています。この女性が良き被写体かどうかは読者のご判断に。


京成大和田に向かう途中小高い丘に上りました。西日に照らされた秋の草や樹木がきれいでした。


この丘を下ると公園があり、入口に近いベンチの年配男性に大和田駅への道を聞きます。親切に教えてくれますので、私もベンチにかけて話をしました。

街の変貌から始めてまず私の徘徊癖などを理解してもらいます。

その方(Aさんとします)は、杖を持っていました。私から自分の杖経験を話します。

Aさんは、2013年に脳梗塞を発症しています。何か足がしびれるなと感じながらも12日ほども様子を見て慈恵医大病院(近くには東京女子医大病院がありますがこの名前ではなかったと記憶します)にかかったら脳梗塞発症判明。比較的軽かったそうですが、右足にまひが残ったとのことでした。

数年前にも浅草に遊びに行って帰ろうとしたらフラツキを覚え、やっとのことで自宅に帰ったと。そして数日様子を見たものの改善しないので病院で診察を受けたら脳梗塞が出ていたそうです。

Aさんの知り合いにも脳梗塞の発症者が少なくないと話してくれました。

Bさんは、10年ほど前、まだ現役の時に発症しそれ以来寝たきりで妻が介護しているとのことでした。

Cさんは、奥さんが若いときから大酒飲みで夜遅くべろんべろんになって帰ってくるときがあったそうですが、ご主人の定年直前に脳梗塞発症。ご主人が2年ほど介護をしましたが、亡くなられたとのことでした。同居らしいご主人の両親はお元気なのだそうです。もう80歳前後のはずですが、このご両親の世話も見ておられたと。嫁には血のつながりはありませんから、ご主人の家系は脳梗塞には強いということでしょうか。子供さんはおられなかったと。

理髪店を営んでいるDさんは、奥さんが発症。夜間出張整髪もする働き者だそうです。子供さんが3人おられ、家族みんなで介護に協力してくれるのではないでしょうか。

私が、ネットで見る発症事例に比べて、女性の発症事例が少し多いですが、そんな土地柄なんですか? 大酒飲みが多いとかと問うと「わからない、そんなことはないと思う」との答えでした。

そしてAさんが答えてくれた中で一番印象に残ったこと。
「2度入院したが、2度ともに入院患者の中に女性がいてなんか叫んだりしていたな。女性はこの病気を発症すると頭がおかしくなって奇異な行動に出ることがあるらしい」という点です。

そして、脳梗塞はがんより悪いとも言っておられました。なるほどなぁと思わずにはいられませんでした。がんでは全面的な介護が必要になるまでには時間がかかりますし、そうなってから介護を続けなければならない時間は決して長くはないですから。

帰路、まだ明るかったのですが、とても物悲しい秋の夕暮れでした。



私は、何年か前に徘徊中に空地で杖を突いて歩行練習をする年配女性の姿を見ています。そばに配偶者と見られる年配男性が付き添っていました。女性もというか主婦も脳梗塞にかかるんだなぁ、ととても印象深くてよく覚えています。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 15:11| Comment(0) | 日記

千葉の観光地には何か不思議なことがある

※ ****** @ ******氏の2018/10/17のツイート
事故後、
何度か行ったけれど
行く度に具合悪くなる長女。
蕁麻疹が出て
身体中が痒くなったり
息苦しくなって急いで帰宅し
救急外来に
飛び込んだこともあった。

事故前には
そんなこと…なかったよなぁ。
楽しい場所だったのになぁ…
TDL。

・・・引用終わり・・・

上に引用したような印象をお持ちの方が増えているのではないでしょうか。もう1件注目されるツイート。

※ 原発はいますぐ廃止せよ @kokikokiya氏の16:15 - 2018年10月17日 のツイート
「東京ディズニーランドの入り口付近が、
約0.22〜0.24マイクロシーベルト。
チェルノブイリ事故から7年後の立ち入り禁止区域(30kmゾーン)が、
0.232マイクロシーベルト。
つまり、東京ディズニーランドツアーに行くのは、
チェルノブイリツアーに行くということです。」

・・・引用終わり・・・

原発はいますぐ廃止せよ @kokikokiya氏の引用したデータがいつ、どのようにして測定されたのかはわかりません。

次第に関連情報が出てきましたね。半年を要しました。半年前にためらいつつもかなり強い警告を書きましたが、このブログの読者の中にもその後千葉の観光地に行かれた方も少なくないようです。もう警告を載せても意味ないでしょうか。そうかもしれませんね。

2018年04月26日
先の土日に千葉県の一部で濃度の高い放射性物質の降下があったと見られます

2018年04月27日
信じがたい すさまじい汚染

2018年04月26日
ためらいがありますが、警告を掲載します 衣類の放射性物質汚染

2018年06月29日
何を食べたんだろう。それともこっちだろうか
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 11:45| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

足首の露出で傷がつくようになった 2

アキレス腱の場所の傷が治りにくいです。水泡になったので絆創膏を張り、上から見ているとくるぶしの辺りがなんか黒ずんで見えます。まるで垢がたまったように。

私は、夏到来とともに少し歩いていましたので、顔や腕は日に焼けていましたが、その後の酷暑で出歩くことを控えていましたから色がだいぶ抜けました。

しかし、このくるぶしの辺りのくすみは日焼けの色と違う。ベータ線で焼けた??

どうもそうらしい。それに傷が治らないのもそれと関係がありそうだ。

サンダルで出歩いている人の足を観察してみよう。どこで観察する? 電車しかないか、あるいは駅の構内で。

交差点で信号待ちの人の足を観察する。そんなに近くによれるだろうか。

MAZURを使って連続測定が必要だろうか。ホットスポットファインダーをMAZUR用に調整して2台使えば地上高の差による線量の違いは把握できる。

もう少し涼しくなったらやってみよう。

サンダル履きの皆さんの足、きっと同じ現象が出ていると思います。顔は白くてもくるぶしはくすんでいる「くるぶし垢まみれ美人」、日本の夏の終わりの風物詩?!

ベータ線で焼けたのならごしごし洗ってもきれいにはなりません。

・・・ここまで2018/9/1、以下は9/7記載・・・

アキレス腱の場所の傷がようやく治りかけてきました。赤い内出血のような状態から水膨れに、それから漿液(しょうえき)がしみだしてきて皮がはがれ、次第に乾き、かゆみを覚えつつ皮膚が安定してきている状況です。

韓国の人食いバクテリア感染の方の手の画像を見たとき、私と同じような水膨れだと思いました。

いまだにこれだという原因が思い当たりません。デスクにかかとを載せて居眠りしたのが悪かったのだろうと思います。気を付けないと。

原因がベータ線による皮膚の疲労だとすると、これは半永久的に続きます。これまで福島第一原発事故後の放射性物質の保存状態の良いブロック塀の上端やざらついたコンクリート面を主に測って地域間比較をしてきましたが、実際の健康影響という面では普段通る道路が問題です。

・・・・・

2018/10/21、スポーツウェアの長ズボンで徘徊しました。街中で草むらには入りませんでした。長い靴下も履いていました。ところが帰宅後左足のくるぶし辺りに赤い斑点。なぜだろう。長ズボンは近所に出かけるときにもはいていますが、洗濯はしています。靴下の汚染? 木綿の建設現場作業員がはくような目の粗いものです。

「65歳に見られた日」も同じような恰好でしたが、くるぶしの近くに斑点は出ませんでした。10/21はタブレットパソコンで測定しながら歩いていましたが、空間線量率はそんなに高くなかった。原因がわかりません。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:38| Comment(2) | 福島原発事故

マッキンゼーがツイッターからサウジ政府反対派を拾い出していた

※ Avi Asher-Schapiro認証済みアカウント @AASchapiro氏の2:59 - 2018年10月21日のツイート
The New York Times has obtained documents showing the consultancy firm McKinsey helping Saudi Arabia identify influential Saudis who opposed the government's line on Twitter−individuals who were later imprisoned & targeted with sophisticated spyware https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/20/us/politics/saudi-image-campaign-twitter.html

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 10:03| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Ex-FBI Agent: Saudi Crown Prince Sought Most Brutal Murder for Khashoggi

Ex-FBI Agent: Saudi Crown Prince Sought Most Brutal Murder for Khashoggi
TEHRAN (FNA)- A former high-profile American intelligence officer said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman wanted the planned murder for outspoken journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be as brutal as it was.

Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent, told German weekly Der Siegel on Saturday that the way Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, had to be an epitome of a brutal assassination because the man behind the murder wanted to use it as a message.

“He (bin Salman) wanted it as brutal as it was to send a message. He thought he would get away with it,” Soufan said in an interview published on Spiegel's website.

Soufan, who has been involved in several notable anti-terrorism operations both in the United States and around the world, said bin Salman, also known as MbS, wanted to make it understood through Khashoggi’s murder that whoever opposed him would pay the costs.

“Now, we are getting into the head of dictators and authoritarians,” he stated, adding that “MbS wanted to send a message. And this message is: If you oppose me I will get you whoever you are, wherever you are”.

Since the very early hours of Khashoggi’s disappearance, many pointed the finger to MbS, saying the crown prince had clear motives to kill the journalist. Later revelations in the Turkish media showed that a 15-member hit squad, among them members of bin Salman’s personal guard, had carried out the murder inside the Saudi consulate.

Soufan said Khashoggi had posed a direct threat to bin Salman through his writings and speeches in the West and the Saudi prince was eagerly seeking his elimination, adding that “ ... he (Khashoggi) did not believe in MbS' reckless ways and he was vocal about his criticisms, both in person and in his Washington Post columns. Someone like Jamal is threatening to someone like MbS".

Soufan highlighted the fact that if bin Salman is proven guilty of Khashoggi’s murder, he would lose his credibility as a young reformer for good, adding that the case will certainly impact the future relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

“MbS flushed down all the millions of dollars spent on PR firms and lobbying groups to craft his image as a reformer. His credibility on the world stage will be lost,” he said, adding that “yet, if it's true that Jamal was murdered and dismembered by an order from the crown prince, that (US-Saudi) relationship will never be the same”.

Khashoggi, known for his criticism of Saudi Arabia's policies, went missing on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a marriage document. Ankara has accused Riyadh of murdering the Khashoggi and smuggling his body out of the consulate in pieces. Saudi Arabia first denied the charges as “baseless", stressing that the journalist left the consulate shortly after he arrived, without providing any evidence. But, after two weeks of denial by Saudi officials, Riyadh confessed that Khashoggi had been murdered by its security agents at the Istanbul consulate, but made no mention of where his body is.

US intelligence has also revealed that the the Saudi crown prince ordered an operation to detain Khashoggi after luring him back to Saudi Arabia, according to The Washington Post. US officials speaking on the condition of anonymity have told The Washington Post that MbS and other Saudi officials tried to get Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia, where he is from, with offers of government employment and protection.

Also, US intelligence agencies are increasingly convinced that the Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince played a role in Khashoggi’s disappearance in early October, according to a report.

Citing unidentified officials, The New York Times reported that information leaked to the public – names and photos of 15 Saudis who travelled to Istanbul on October 2 as well as claims Turkey possesses audio recordings of Khashoggi’s death – is helping convince the US intelligence community that the crown prince was involved.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:34| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Trump: MbS Role in Khashoggi Death Not Ignored, Riyadh's Explanation Not Trustworthy

FARSNEWS2018/10/21
Trump: MbS Role in Khashoggi Death Not Ignored, Riyadh's Explanation Not Trustworthy
TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump strongly criticized Saudi Arabia’s explanation for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi late Saturday, stressing that “obviously there’s been deception, and there’s been lies”.

Keeping open the possibility that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman did order Saudi agents to kill Khashoggi, Trump said, in a phone interview with The Washington Post, that “nobody has told me he’s responsible. Nobody has told me he’s not responsible. We haven’t reached that point . . . I would love if he wasn’t responsible".

After two weeks of denial by Saudi officials, Riyadh confessed that Khashoggi was murdered in the Turkish city of Istanbul. Saudi Arabia also sacked a top general and arrested several people over the case.

The American leader told reporters on Friday that the Saudi explanation was credible, but US officials revealed that he has privately grimaced that his son-in-law and Middle East adviser Jared Kushner’s close relationship with the crown prince has become a liability and left the White House with no good options.

In the interview, Trump defended Kushner as doing a “very good job” but acknowledged that he and MbS, both in their 30s, are relatively young for the amount of power they wield.

The New Yotk Times reported on Thursday that Kushner has been urging Trump to stand by the crown prince, according to a person close to the White House and a former official with knowledge of the discussions. Kushner has argued that Prince Mohammad can survive the outrage just as he has weathered past criticism.

The Trump administration made its relationship with King's son a linchpin of its Middle East policy, relying on him to help strike a peace deal between the Palestinians and Israelis and unite the Arab world against Iran. Now, the Saudi government’s handling of the killing of Khashoggi has tarnished the first in line to the throne’s image as the Trump administration is questioning the value of its high-profile partnership with him.

Earlier on Saturday, Trump said questions remain unanswered over Khashoggi's killing following Saudi Arabia's admission that the journalist died in a "fist-fight" inside its consulate, adding that "I am not satisfied until we find the answer. But it was a big first step, it was a good first step. But I want to get answers".

But the American President warned against halting a Saudi arms deal, stressing that it would hurt American jobs, despite the international furor over the death in the kingdom's consulate of the journalist.

The Washington Post also reported that CIA officials have listened to an audio recording that Turkish officials say proves the journalist was killed and dismembered by the Saudi team, according to people familiar with the matter. If verified, the recording would make it difficult for the United States to accept the Saudi version that Khashoggi’s death was effectively an accident.

One diplomat who deals with the issue said that if Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had heard the audio, it would be a “total game changer” and require a much more forceful US response.

Trump also showed an interest in obtaining the recordings but said they have been out of reach so far, adding that “I’ve heard all about the videos or the tapes. Nobody would get it faster than me. Nobody has been able to show it to me".

One US official also expressed dismay that Kushner’s close relationship with bin Salman was not enough to provide guardrails against the killing and now leaves the administration vulnerable to criticism that the United States is beholden to the Saudis. The official declared that Trump is annoyed by a sense that he was blindsided and by what he sees as Kushner’s misjudgment. Kushner has in recent days been sidelined from the Khashoggi case, which many in the administration see as beneficial.

But, Trump suggested on Saturday that MbS was a stabilizing force in Saudi Arabia, despite the view of critics who note his government’s slaughter of civilians in Yemen, crackdown on dissent and jailing of political opponents.

“He’s a strong person. He has very good control,” Trump said, adding that “he’s seen as a person who can keep things under check, I mean that in a positive way”.

Khashoggi, known for his criticism of Saudi Arabia's policies, went missing on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a marriage document. Ankara has accused Riyadh of murdering the Khashoggi and smuggling his body out of the consulate in pieces. Saudi Arabia first denied the charges as “baseless", stressing that the journalist left the consulate shortly after he arrived, without providing any evidence. But, after two weeks of denial by Saudi officials, Riyadh confessed that Khashoggi had been murdered by its security agents at the Istanbul consulate, but made no mention of where his body is.

US intelligence has also revealed that the the Saudi crown prince ordered an operation to detain Khashoggi after luring him back to Saudi Arabia, according to The Washington Post. US officials speaking on the condition of anonymity have told The Washington Post that MbS and other Saudi officials tried to get Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia, where he is from, with offers of government employment and protection.

Also, US intelligence agencies are increasingly convinced that the Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince played a role in Khashoggi’s disappearance in early October, according to a report.

Citing unidentified officials, The New York Times reported that information leaked to the public – names and photos of 15 Saudis who travelled to Istanbul on October 2 as well as claims Turkey possesses audio recordings of Khashoggi’s death – is helping convince the US intelligence community that the crown prince was involved.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 00:29| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

2018年10月21日

NYT: Saudi Arabia Uses Twitter Trolls to Silence Critics

NYT: Saudi Arabia Uses Twitter Trolls to Silence Critics
TEHRAN (FNA)- A New York Times report on Saturday noted that Saudi authorities were making use of an "army of Twitter trolls" to silence critics, including journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A new report has shown that Riyadh was enjoying the services of a stooge among the ranks of Twitter to spy on accounts of people who were critical of the kingdom.

The report published in The New York Times showed that Riyadh had groomed a Twitter employee, identified as Ali al Zabarah, to tap into dissident accounts until December 2015 when the American social media giant decided to fire the staffer.

The report said that Twitter had been told of the secret operation involving the insider and the Saudi government by certain Western officials. However, it added that Twitter officials could never find evidences supporting the claims.

Twitter also refused to say anything when asked for further comments on the NYT report, which also claimed that the Saudi royal family had hired hundreds of people on major social media networks to have the image of the kingdom improved.

The revelations come amid a scandal on the disappearance and death of a prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey in early October.

A key figure behind Khashoggi’s death was Saud al-Qahtani, a top adviser to Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who was fired by the Saudi royal court on Friday. Qahtani is believed to have engineered a wide range of secret operations to flood the social media with pro-Saudi messaging and smother the voices of dissenters.

Several American and Saudi officials have revealed to the daily that Qahtani had mobilized operatives to harass dissenters on Twitter since 2010, when popular movements in the Arab world led to the ouster of several autocratic regimes.

The Saudi government reportedly offered through an employer a sum of about $3,000 to every young man who was willing to tweet in favor of the Kingdom. That was revealed after specialists invited to interviews found about the political nature of the job.

Khashoggi, known for his criticism of Saudi Arabia's policies, went missing on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a marriage document. Ankara has accused Riyadh of murdering the Khashoggi and smuggling his body out of the consulate in pieces. Saudi Arabia first denied the charges as “baseless", stressing that the journalist left the consulate shortly after he arrived, without providing any evidence. But, after two weeks of denial by Saudi officials, Riyadh confessed that Khashoggi had been murdered by its security agents at the Istanbul consulate, but made no mention of where his body is.

US intelligence has also revealed that the the Saudi crown prince ordered an operation to detain Khashoggi after luring him back to Saudi Arabia, according to The Washington Post. US officials speaking on the condition of anonymity have told The Washington Post that MbS and other Saudi officials tried to get Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia, where he is from, with offers of government employment and protection.

Also, US intelligence agencies are increasingly convinced that the Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince played a role in Khashoggi’s disappearance in early October, according to a report.

Citing unidentified officials, The New York Times reported that information leaked to the public – names and photos of 15 Saudis who travelled to Istanbul on October 2 as well as claims Turkey possesses audio recordings of Khashoggi’s death – is helping convince the US intelligence community that the crown prince was involved.


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Israeli Analyst Reveals Al-Assiri's Intel Cooperation with Tel Aviv

FARSNEWS218/10/21
Israeli Analyst Reveals Al-Assiri's Intel Cooperation with Tel Aviv
TEHRAN (FNA)- An Israeli media activist and analyst disclosed that Saudi Deputy Intelligence Chief Ahmad al-Assiri who was dismissed after Khashoggi's case had vast intelligence cooperation with Tel Aviv.

Moua Wardi was quoted as saying by the Arabic-language al-Arabi al-Jadid newspaper that Assiri's dismissal was a bad news for Israel because many people in Israel know that they have lost a really valuable partner.

According to the report, Wardi is famous for his strong ties with the Israeli intelligence bodies.

Although Wardi did not reveal the identity of the Israeli officials who had contacts with Assiri, they are possibly high-ranking members of Mossad, Shin Bet or Shabak.

Assiri, said to be in his 60s, was a high-ranking advisor close to the royal court and often sat in during Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed's closed-door meetings with visiting foreign dignitaries.

Prior to his promotion as the deputy head of general intelligence in 2017, Assiri served as the spokesman for the Saudi-led military alliance in Yemen which has launched a war against Israel in March 2015.

Fluent in French, English and Arabic, the hard-charging official had developed a bad reputation for hassling journalists whose reports were not to his liking.

Last year an anti-war activist attempted to make a citizen's arrest of Assiri, over Saudi Arabia's role in the Yemen conflict, and threw an egg at him during a London visit

In 2016, Assiri denied that the Saudi army had been using British-made cluster bombs in Yemen. This claim about the deadly munitions, which are banned from use by an international convention, was later revealed to be untrue.

Before his sacking on Saturday, the New York Times reported earlier this week that Saudi Arabia would assign blame for Jamal Khashoggi's killing on Assiri to help deflect blame from the powerful crown prince.

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カショギ事件日本国内の反応

※ 文鳥さん ぶんちょうさん ( ⁰⊖⁰) @komatsunotsuma氏の10:54 - 2018年10月20日のツイート
ジャーナリストは総領事館で死亡、サウジ政府の関与認めるhttps://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20181020/k10011678931000.html
サウジ国営通信は政府を厳しく批判してきたカショギ氏が死亡したと伝え、情報機関副長官等5人を更迭し18人を拘束し取り調べてると伝えました。
下僕に犯罪をやらせといて、トップ自身は知らん顔とかまるで日本みたい

※ sakuradorf @sakuradorf1氏の3:13 - 2018年10月21日のツイート
返信先: @komatsunotsumaさん、@syouwaoyajiさん、他
サウジアラビアは明らかに分かる殺人なので日本よりひどいが、明らかになった後の事後処理は最近の日本をお手本にして居るように思えますね

※ エリック ・C @x__ok氏の3:30 - 2018年10月21日のツイート
エリック ・Cさんがsakuradorfをリツイートしました
サウジアラビアは人権の最もない国の一つで、ずっと酷い国でした。しかし中東にめずらしい親米国家なので悪い話は滅多に報道されない国でもありました。国王を残してその力で米国が支配をしているという仕組みは日本と似ている様に思います。逆に国王が反米だった国は米国の力で共和国にされています。

※ buu @buu34氏の13:15 - 2018年10月21日のツイート
思わず外相記者会見の日付を確認した、20日
https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/press/kaiken/kaiken4_000762.html#topic2
「亡くなられたということが確認されたということで,非常に残念に思っております。しっかりとした捜査が行われ,公正かつ,透明性のある対応が取られることを日本としては引き続き求めて参りたいというふうに思っています」

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 18:33| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

トルコはカショギの事件の追及をやめないだろう イラン議長アドバイザー

サウジが自国の関与を認めて追及が少しは弱まるかと思いましたが、逆に反発を招いてしまいました。
トルコは、遺体を捜索中。切断された遺体を探し出して注射されたとする薬物(モルヒネとされています)を検出すれば、偶発的な喧嘩で死んだのではないことが決定的になります。エルドアンにはサウジの国王が電話を入れ、交際のあるサウジの王族が訪問したりしていますが、追及の手を止める気配はありません。
米国の議員の中には、サウジに制裁を加えるべしとの強硬論がさらに熱を持ったようです。
カショギ事件 世界の人はこう見ているの冒頭の扮装は今年一番の傑作です。右手のカナノコを形どったようなものには ROYAL BONE SAW と書いてあります。MBSは一見優しそうな顔をしていますから、左手に頭部の張りぼて(?)を抱えた姿の全体のミスマッチ感は半端なく、見るほどに吹き出してしまいます。トランプの扮装をした人は、俺のホテルに泊まってくれるから兵器を売ると書かれたカードをぶら下げています。トランプのホテルには高級スイートルームがないか少ないそうですが、それでもサウジの王族一行が使うのだそうです。
欧州ではドイツ、フランスがサウジの説明は不十分だとし、ドイツの外相は調査が終わるまで武器の売却を承認すべきでないと述べていますし、砂漠のダボス会議への閣僚などの参加見送りが続いています。
MBSを王位継承予定者から外す話が内部で討議されているようです。MBSの実弟で米国大使をしている人が副クラウンプリンスに指名されるとか、サウジ初代国王の息子の一人を推す声もあるようです。76歳、日本では後期高齢者ですね。
サウジは非常識の国です。管理人がシリア情勢をフォローする中でサウジの王族に関係する様々なスキャンダルが報道されていました。どれも「へーっ」という感じでした。この国はいずれ消えるという見方がありますが、トランプにあれだけ馬鹿にされてもそれでも頼りにしなければならないほどに、この国の自立力は弱い。この国では実務者レベルから下はほとんどが外国人で占められている分野も少なくないそうです。イエメンに対する戦争でも高度な武器は、武器を売った国が指導と称して一線で兵器を操っています。
MBSが失脚する事態になれば中東を激震が襲います。米国との関係だけでなく欧州諸国との関係も大きく変わるでしょう。英国がこれまでと同様に武器を売り込めるか心配している人も多いでしょう。
米国の主導によるISISをはじめとするテロリストに資金を供給し、近隣国のレジムチェンジに金を浪費してきた結果が自国の
レジムチェンジにつながりかねない状況です。
日本のマスコミではMBSを好意的に紹介する番組が流れていると聞きましたが、日本のマスコミにもどんな方法かはわかりませんが、カネが流れているはずです。英国のメディアはサウジのカネが特効力を持っていてカショギの事件も一面では扱わないところがいくつもあったとされています。
サウジのホイッスルブロアーによれば、MBSがトランプに対して大統領選挙中と選挙後にトランプインスティチュートに対して行った支援の詳細を公表すると脅したそうです。

FRSNEWS2018/10/20
Jamal Khashoggi Probe: Turkish President Vows to Uncover Truth After Saudi Admission
TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkey vowed on Saturday to uncover the truth behind Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing, as international outrage over Riyadh's most recent explanation grows.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to uncover the truth behind Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing, sources close to the Turkish leader told Middle East Eye, as international outrage over Riyadh's most recent explanation grows.

"Turkey will reveal whatever had happened. Nobody should ever doubt about it," Omer Celik stated, according to the official Anadolu news agency.

In a stunning about-face, on Friday night Saudi Arabia admitted that Khashoggi was killed on October 2 in its consulate in Istanbul, claiming the journalist died in a fist-fight that broke out unintentionally.

But Turkish authorities are not satisfied with the Saudi explanation, a high-level source told Middle East Eye, and are collecting strong, mounting evidence that Khashoggi was the victim of a premeditated murder.

Turkish sources previously told MEE that they have evidence that Khashoggi was tortured, murdered and dismembered by a 15-man strong hit squad. It took Khashoggi seven minutes to die, the sources said.

From the outset, Riyadh claimed Khashoggi, a leading critic of the Saudi government, left the consulate soon after arriving.

Two days after Khashoggi's disappearance, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman told Bloomberg News that the journalist had left the consulate.

"Yes, he's not inside," the heir to the Saudi throne said, adding that "my understanding is he entered and he got out after a few minutes or one hour".

However, a drip feed of details from a Turkish investigation appears to have forced Riyadh into admitting that Khashoggi did in fact die in the Saudi consulate.

Over the past week investigators have been searching for the body of Khashoggi, which sources told MEE was begun to be dismembered before the journalist had died.

The Turkish prosecutor-general is writing up a report on Khashoggi's killing, but will not publish until a body is found, according to MEE.

Saudi Arabia acknowledged on Friday that there had been attempts to cover up the killing, but it has not released any information publicly on what happened to Khashoggi's body.

In a statement published on the state Saudi Press Agency, an unidentified Saudi official said "the preliminary investigations conducted by the Public Prosecution showed that the suspect[s] had travelled to Istanbul to meet with the citizen Jamal Khashoggi as there were indications of the possibility of his returning back to the country".

He added that discussions with Khashoggi in the consulate "did not go as required and developed in a negative way, leading to a fight" that in turn led to the journalist's death "and to their attempt to conceal and cover what happened".

However, sources have told MEE that Khashoggi was killed by an injection of drugs, likely morphine, after being tortured.

Were his remains to be found, traces of the drug may be found, asking new questions of Saudi Arabia's fist-fight narrative.

Erdogan and Saudi King Salman spoke by phone on Friday night, agreeing to continue cooperation and exchanging details on the case, the Turkish presidency said in a statement.

Turkish sources told MEE that they are seeking the extradition of 15 Saudis they have identified as members of a hit squad sent to kill Khashoggi.

However, the sources said Ankara is extremely concerned that the suspects will be arrested and executed by Saudi authorities before Turkish investigators can have the opportunity to question them.

The Saudi prosecutor has stated that 18 suspects have been taken into custody so far.

FRSNEWS2018/10/19
Speaker's Advisor: Turkey Not to Give Up Khashoggi's Case
TEHRAN (FNA)- Advisor to the Iranian Parliament Speaker Hossein Amir Abdollahian underlined that Turkey will not give up investigating murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi even if Riyadh offers hush money to Ankara.

"Turkey is not going to cover up the incident," Amir Abdollahian said on Thursday night.

The senior advisor reiterated that Khashoggi was one of the senior advisors of the Saudi government, and not a very serious opponent of the kingdom.

"Illogical measures adopted by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in the past two years especially in recent months promoted his rivals in Europe and US to restrict his power," he added.

Ami Abdollahian noted that Khashoggi’s fame among media companions and his criticism of US President Trump and Mohammad bin Salman led to spread of his murder case across the world, and said, "Mohammad bin Salman is the prime suspect for Khashoggi’s murder.”

"The United States and Saudi Arabia adopted hostile approaches against Turkey since last year and have spared no effort to undermine Turkey in the international level," he added.

確かに警察などを動員するだけで、金をかけないで武力攻撃以上の打撃を与えることができますからトルコはやりますね。

トルコのサウジ、米国に対する恨み。根が深いのかもしれません。尋常でないリークです。トランプは追い込まれますね。MbSの失脚は可能性が高まりました。

エルドアンは、この事件の追及を通じて自己の中東における、さらに世界的な威信が高まることを狙っています。

アップルウオッチにカメラはないようですが、「HDカメラ付きのApple Watch用バンド「CMRA」--Apple Watchがスパイカメラに」という宣伝があります。動画も記録できた可能性があります。

RT2018/10/19
Candid tape, black van and bone saw? What we know about Khashoggi case so far
The mysterious disappearance of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi has captivated the world, as accusations against Riyadh keep growing. RT unpacks allegations and gruesome details reported over the last two weeks.

Jamal Khashoggi was once close to the Saudi elites but fled the kingdom last year in fear of prosecution. In his Washington Post column, the journalist wrote scathing pieces on the Saudi government and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, gaining a reputation as one of his chief critics overseas.
Journalist vanishes in broad daylight

On October 2, Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey to collect a document certifying his divorce and never returned. His fiancee Hatice Cengiz waited for 11 hours in front of the building. She couldn't reach the journalist since he had earlier handed over his phone as part of the security requirements in the consulate. "When we arrived at the consulate, he went right in. He told me to alert the Turkish authorities if I did not hear from him soon," Cengiz recalled.
Turkey blames the Saudis for murder

Ankara quickly pinned the blame for Khashoggi's demise on Riyadh. Turkish officials claimed that the dissident was murdered by a 15-man Saudi hit-team, which was allegedly flown to Istanbul on two private jets from Saudi Arabia and left the next day. Several members of the purported assassination squad were linked with Mohammad bin Salman's elite close-protection unit.

Turkish media published CCTV footage showing Khashoggi entering the consulate and a black Mercedes van leaving its premise shortly afterwards. Another video showed the alleged assassins moving around the airport. The officials also claimed they had obtained an audio recording of the journalist's murder, which may have been captured by the journalist's Apple Watch.

Kingdom denies allegations & promises cooperation

Riyadh has dismissed all accusations. Rumors of the kingdom ordering Khashoggi's murder are "lies and baseless allegations," Interior Minister Prince Abdel Aziz bin Saud bin Nayef stated. Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman insisted that the country has "nothing to hide," and promised that Saudi Arabia will help Turkey in investigating the journalist's fate.

Gruesome details keep emerging

The story got even darker after numerous Turkish media published gruesome reports detailing the alleged final moments of Khashoggi's life. According to the reports, the journalist was drugged, had his fingers cut off while being interrogated, and was finally decapitated by Saudi agents.

Turkish officials said that the Saudi consul could be heard telling the agents to "do it somewhere else outside or I will be in trouble," while Khashoggi screamed and was told to "shut up" if he wanted to make to Saudi Arabia alive.

Meanwhile, other reports suggested that the head of the Saudi forensic unit at its security department dismembered Khashoggi with a bone saw while he was still alive. "When I do this job, I listen to music. You should do [that] too," Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy was recorded as saying, the Turkish source told the London-based outlet Middle East Eye. The source said that there was no attempt to interrogate the journalist, and the Saudi agents moved straight for the kill.
Turkish forensic team searches the consulate

On Monday, Turkish police and a forensic team spent nine hours sweeping the building for clues and DNA samples. After the search was done, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested that the Saudi officials had tampered with the evidence, saying that some materials were "removed by painting over them."

Turkish diplomatic sources told the media that police might next try to search the Saudi consul's home. The investigators also started checking the forest on the outskirts of Istanbul for possible traces of Khashoggi.

'Suspicious car accident'

Turkish paper Yeni Safak, which previously reported on the Khashoggi case, wrote about another twist on Friday: one of the alleged Saudi 'hit-team' members died in a traffic incident in Riyadh. The man was Meshal Saad al-Bostani, a lieutenant in the Saudi Royal Air Force, who was believed to be filmed in Istanbul Airport the day Khoshaggi disappeared.
Excess of force mixed with incompetence?

CNN and the New York Times, citing anonymous sources, reported that the Saudis are considering presenting Khashoggi's death as "interrogation gone wrong," and blaming it on the incompetence of their intelligence operatives.
Outcry & fallout

Khashoggi's disappearance has sparked a rare display of self-examination in the US media and the halls of Congress, with lawmakers and journalists alike calling on Washington to reconsider its cozy relations with Riyadh. While Trump has signaled that he's not interested in ending lucrative US weapons exports to the kingdom, the president has nonetheless vowed that the Saudis would face "severe punishment" if found to be responsible for Khashoggi's abduction and murder.

And while mutual hatred of Iran may for the foreseeable future necessitate an alliance of convenience between the US and Saudi Arabia, reports suggest that Washington is running out of patience with its Middle Eastern ally. During a meeting with the Crown Prince in Riyadh earlier this week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly warned the Saudi leader that he had 72 hours to complete his "transparent" probe into the incident, adding that if he didn't "own" the situation there would be significant backlash on the international stage.

The uneasiness exhibited by the Saudi-friendly Trump administration marks an incredible turning point in US-Saudi relations. For years, the Saudis have acted with impunity in Yemen, with only murmurs of concern issued by the State Department. Khashoggi's disappearance has forced Washington to take a stand against alleged Saudi crimes and human rights abuses. If Trump chooses to express this new moral fortitude with sanctions, all hell could break loose. Using oil prices and its valued weapons contracts as leverage, the Saudis could inflict serious damage on the US and even the global economy. It's now a game of chicken, egged on by growing public outrage.

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サウジの説明は不十分 欧州

RT2018/10/20
‘Inadequate’: Europe dissatisfied with Riyadh’s Khashoggi death story, Berlin talks arms sale freeze
Not satisfied with the Saudi story on how journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in Turkey, EU leaders are demanding an in-depth probe, with Germany's foreign minister saying that Berlin shouldn’t sell arms to Riyadh until it’s finished.

Germany, France, and the EU all said they want more from Saudi Arabia on Saturday, demanding a full investigation and "accountability" over Khashoggi’s death.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Paris "condemns this murder in the strongest terms." He noted that while Riyadh's Friday night admission of the journalist's death is the "first step toward the establishment of truth," many questions still remain.

"The information available about events in the Istanbul consulate is inadequate," said a joint statement of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. They expect transparency and more answers from Riyadh about the circumstances surrounding the suspicious death, widely painted in media reports as a gruesome murder.

Maas stated separately that Berlin should not approve arms sales to Saudi Arabia until investigations into Khashoggi's death are completed.

"So long as investigations are underway, so long as we don't know what happened there, there is no reason to take positive decisions on arms exports to Saudi Arabia," he told German public television's Tagesthemen program.

The remarks from Europe came after Riyadh finally stated on Saturday, ending two weeks of denials, that Khashoggi was killed in a “fistfight” that occurred at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, while providing no evidence. Authorities also announced the detention of 18 suspects in the case.

But while Europe remains skeptical and insistent on clear answers, US President Donald Trump seemed mostly satisfied with Riyadh's confession on Saturday, once again calling the kingdom a "great ally." He did admit, however, that "some questions" remain and that he will be working with Congress on how to proceed to address the issue.

Trump has repeatedly stated that the US hopes to keep its $450 billion arms deal with Riyadh, citing the money and jobs it is bringing to the US. He said on Friday that it would be "very hurtful" to the US if it was dropped, and previously said there were other ways of "punishing" Saudi Arabia if it were found to be behind Khashoggi's death.

Khashoggi was last seen on October 2 when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents for his forthcoming marriage. Turkey was quick to state that it had evidence that he was murdered inside the building, though Riyadh had adamantly denied that claim until Saturday. The case prompted a global backlash against Saudi Arabia, from governments to media organizations and business figures including Richard Branson and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.
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Whistle-Blower Reveals Secret to Trump's Support for Bin Salman in Khashoggi's Case

FARSNEWS2018/10/20
Whistle-Blower Reveals Secret to Trump's Support for Bin Salman in Khashoggi's Case
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi whistle-blower Mujtahid, who is believed to be a member of or have a well-connected source in the royal family, disclosed that the country's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the first suspect in the killing of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has threatened US President Donald Trump of revealing his secrets.

"The rumors that Trump wants to milk Saudi Arabia again are not unfounded; in fact Trump means to save himself from a scandal that bin Salman has warned to start against him if he drops support for Riyadh in the Khashoggi's case ," Mujtahid wrote on his twitter page on Saturday.

"Bin Salman has threatened that he will reveal the details of his aid to the Trump institute during the campaign and after election," he added.

The US administration has been widely criticized for its mellow reaction to the murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudis in Turkey.

In relevant remarks on Friday, Iranian Ambassador to Japan Morteza Rahmani Movahed pointed to the murder of Khashoggi saying, “Saudi Arabia is accused of killing Khashoggi in its Consulate in Turkey, the country that equips and supports terrorist groups and bombs civilian and innocent women and children in Yemen but is always popular with the US government.”

Khashoggi disappeared from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, and Ankara says it has clear evidence he was murdered inside the building by 15 Saudi agents. The purported proof includes an audio recording of Khashoggi being killed and dismembered, and US officials have said privately they do not doubt this account, the Washington Post reported.

FARSNEWS2018/10/21
Whistle-Blower: Bin Salman Advised by Pompeo to Admit Khashoggi's Killing
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi whistle-blower Mujtahid, who is believed to be a member of or have a well-connected source in the royal family, revealed that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has advised Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to issue a statement on the murder of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"Saudi Arabia's official statement in which it admitted killing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was issued after Pompeo's demand during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia," Mujtahid wrote on his twitter page on Sunday.

According to the whistle-blower, during his meeting with bin Salman, Pompeo warned about the dangers of rejecting the responsibility for the murder and advised him to find a scapegoat among the high-ranking intelligence officials to put the blame on him.

He added that bin Salman intends to victimize Saudi Deputy Intelligence Chief Ahmad al-Assiri for Khashoggi's case.

An informed source had earlier said that Pompeo had sternly told bin Salman (MbS) during a meeting in Riyadh last Tuesday that the first in line to the throne would have to take responsibility in disappearance case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to help the kingdom avoid the consequences of an international backlash.

A person familiar with the meeting told The New York Times on Thursday that Pompeo sternly told the crown prince that even if he did not know whether Khashoggi had been killed, he would have to take responsibility to help the kingdom avoid the consequences of an international backlash.

Pompeo’s trip to the kingdom was supposed to forge the beginnings of a diplomatic resolution. But, his private meeting with Prince Mohammad, attended by a small number of aides on both sides, was highly scripted, and he made no dramatic threats or ultimatums, according to one former senior administration official who was briefed on the gathering.

The secretary of state asked for an accounting of what happened and the crown prince, denying any involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance, stated that an investigation was underway, the official said. In the end, the official added, Pompeo’s plea to the Saudis was to complete the investigation quickly and transparently.

The story was also confirmed by CNN as the news network reported that Pompeo's smiling photo op with Mbs disguised the reality of a blunt, tough meeting in which the top US diplomat told the royal that his future as king depends on his handling of Khashoggi's suspected murder.

A source familiar with Pompeo's meeting with bin Salman told CNN that the smiling photo-op between the two should not be read as an indication that the meeting was friendly.

Instead, Pompeo told bin Salman in no uncertain terms that he had to "own" the situation, and "that every fact is going to get out", the source said, adding that the smiles between the two men ended when the photo op did.

Pompeo has been slammed for the warm, smiling images emerging from his trip to Riyadh, as the Saudi story about Khashoggi's fate began to shift and Turkish media published grisly details about his suspected murder and links emerged that tie the suspected killers to crown prince himself.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe diplomatic meetings, said the top US diplomat also made it clear to the crown prince that the Saudis had to get their investigation done very quickly, adding that Pompeo stressed that time is short and that the Saudis have to deal with the people involved sharply.

Pompeo went on to tell the prince "bluntly that if they don't, the US will have to deal with this", the source revealed, and "will take action because the world will demand it and that President [Donald] Trump's hand will be forced by the global pressure".

The source told CNN that Pompeo also told bin Salman he had to "own" what happened "even if the crown prince didn't know about it beforehand".

The source did not describe how the crown prince or the Saudis reacted, but stressed that the message had been received.

FARSNEWS2018/10/21
British MPs Press UK Secretary of State to Take Action Against Saudis over Khashoggi Affair
TEHRAN (FNA)- The UK government is facing renewed pressure over its continued ties to Saudi Arabia following the death of Jamal Khashoggi and the humanitarian disaster in Yemen, after all five main Westminster opposition parties signed an unprecedented joint letter calling for a change of stance.

The foreign affairs representatives for Labour, the SNP, the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and the Greens wrote to Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt saying it was “hard to imagine what crime the Saudi government would need to commit” for the UK government to condemn it, according to The Guardian.

The letter to the foreign secretary says that reports the dissident journalist Khashoggi was tortured and murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul constituted “the latest in a litany of charges that have been laid before the Saudi regime by the international community”.

Saudi Arabia conceded on Friday that Khashoggi died at the consulate, but claimed it was the result of a “fistfight”, an explanation dismissed by asuccession of other nations.

On Sunday the UK Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, said it did not seem credible, adding that “there is a serious question mark over the account that has been given”.

The letter also cites alleged Saudi war crimes in the conflict in Yemen and the wider crisis in the country, where the UN says up to 14 million people are at risk of famine.

Signed by Labour’s Emily Thornberry, Stephen Gethins of the SNP, Christine Jardine from the Lib Dems, Jonathan Edwards of Plaid Cymru and Caroline Lucas from the Greens, it also mentions the imprisonment of activists, repression over LGBT rights and religion, and the widespread use of capital punishment.

“Given the repeated nature of these violations and atrocities, it is now hard to imagine what crime the Saudi government would need to commit in order for the UK government to condemn them,” the letter, which was organised by the SNP, adds.

“It cannot be business as usual with a regime that displays blatant contempt and disregard for international law and human rights. The consistent inaction of your government is utterly incompatible with our most basic value as a democracy. We regard it as unacceptable that the UK government not only remains silent, but actively enables this Saudi regime,” the letter notes.

The UK, the letter goes on, “has continued to supply Saudi Arabia with weaponry which has been used in the devastating war in Yemen, has shamefully rolled out the red carpet for the Saudi crown prince in a state visit earlier this year, and has repeatedly excused their actions in statements before the House of Commons”.

While some concern expressed about the Khashoggi case and other moves were welcome, the signatories wrote, “the time for rhetoric and photocalls is over – it’s time to act”.

The letter calls for a full condemnation of Saudi Arabia’s “reckless and barbaric” behaviour; a suspension of arms sales for use in Yemen pending an investigation of alleged war crimes; a halt to UK military operations in Saudi; details on what diplomatic representations had been made to the Saudis, and support for an independent inquiry into Khashoggi’s fate.

Finance Minister: France Wants Whole Truth on Saudi Journalist's Killing
TEHRAN (FNA)- French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Saudi Arabia’s admission that dissident Jamal Khashoggi was killed at its Istanbul consulate was welcome “progress”, but urged the kingdom to follow through with a full and transparent investigation.

“I note that the Saudi authorities have changed tack, admitted the facts and accepted some responsibility, so we’re making progress,” Le Maire said on France 3 television on Sunday.

“But full light needs to be shed,” he stated.

How bilateral relations develop from here will “depend on the way the truth is aired, the investigation conducted and the results established,” Le Maire added.

Britain’s Brexit Minister Dominic Raab also said on Sunday that Saudi Arabia’s explanation of the death of Khashoggi at its consulate in Turkish city of Istanbul is not credible.

Asked during an interview on BBC TV if he believed the explanation, Raab said “no, I don’t think it is credible ... We support the Turkish investigation into it and the British government will want to see people held to account for that death”.

Raab added that Britain needed to know the facts of what happened before it could make a “sensible and sober judgment call” on what to do next.

“We are not going to throw our hands in the air and terminate our relationship with Saudi Arabia, not just because of the huge number of British jobs that depend on it but also because if you exert influence over your partners you need to be able to talk to them,” he stated.

Not satisfied with the Saudi story on how Khashoggi died in Turkey, EU leaders are demanding an in-depth probe, with Germany's foreign minister saying that Berlin shouldn’t sell arms to Riyadh until it’s finished.

Germany, France, and the EU all stated that they want more from Saudi Arabia on Saturday, demanding a full investigation and "accountability" over Khashoggi’s death.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Paris "condemns this murder in the strongest terms", noting that while Riyadh's Friday night admission of the journalist's death is the "first step toward the establishment of truth", many questions still remain.

Le Drian added that those responsible for Khashoggi's death should be held accountable.

"The information available about events in the Istanbul consulate is inadequate," according to a joint statement of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. They expect transparency and more answers from Riyadh about the circumstances surrounding the suspicious death, widely painted in media reports as a gruesome murder.

Expressing deep sympathy to Khashoggi's friends and relatives, they said those responsible for his death must be held accountable.

The foreign minister stated separately that Berlin should not approve arms sales to Saudi Arabia until investigations into Khashoggi's death are completed.

"So long as investigations are underway, so long as we don't know what happened there, there is no reason to take positive decisions on arms exports to Saudi Arabia," he told German public television's Tagesthemen program.

The UK's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Britain is considering its "next steps" following Saudi Arabia's admission over the killing of Khashoggi within the Kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

"We send our condolences to Jamal Khashoggi's family after this confirmation of his death. We are considering the Saudi report and our next steps," the statement noted, adding that "as the Foreign Secretary has said, this was a terrible act and those responsible must be held to account".

The UK's main opposition Labour party has called on the governing Conservative Party to suspend arms sales to the kingdom.

Also, the EU on Saturday stressed the need for continued “thorough, credible and transparent” investigation into Khashoggi’s killing.

“European Union, like its partners, insists on the need for continued thorough, credible and transparent investigation, shedding proper clarity on the circumstances of the killing and ensuring full accountability of all those responsible for it,” according to a statement by the High Representative Federica Mogherini on behalf of the EU.

The statement called the circumstances of Khashoggi’s killing “deeply troubling”, including the "shocking violation of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, and particularly its Article 55”.

"After almost three weeks, facts are finally emerging, confirming that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the premises of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul on 2 October 2018," the statement said, adding that "[The EU] pays tribute to the memory of this respected journalist who was in direct contact for his work with many European institutions and organizations".

It expressed "deepest condolences" to Khashoggi’s family and friends. The EU also reaffirmed its commitment to "the freedom of press and the protection of journalists across the world."

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, meanwhile, called for an international investigation to examine the evidence linked to Khashoggi's death.

"[A] rigorous, international investigation [is] urgently needed to examine evidence, clarify circumstances surrounding death of Jamal Khashoggi," Tajani said in a post on Twitter.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freedland has also condemned the killing of the Washington Post columnist and offered her "sincere condolences" to his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, and his family.

"The explanations offered (by Saudi Arabia) to date lack consistency and credibility," she said in a statement, further calling for a "through investigation", adding that "those responsible for the killing must be held to account and must face justice".

But while Europe remains skeptical and insistent on clear answers, US President Donald Trump seemed somewhat satisfied with Riyadh's confession on Saturday, once again calling the kingdom a "great ally". Calling Saudi Arabia a crucial ally against Iran that purchases billions of dollars-worth of US weapons, the American leader lamented the WaPo writer’s “unacceptable” death but praised Riyadh for making the first arrests in the ongoing probe.

Khashoggi, known for his criticism of Saudi Arabia's policies, went missing on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a marriage document. Ankara has accused Riyadh of murdering the Khashoggi and smuggling his body out of the consulate in pieces. Saudi Arabia first denied the charges as “baseless", stressing that the journalist left the consulate shortly after he arrived, without providing any evidence. But, after two weeks of denial by Saudi officials, Riyadh confessed that Khashoggi had been murdered by its security agents at the Istanbul consulate, but made no mention of where his body is.


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Damascus seeks UN probe over 60 civilians killed in US-led coalition strikes in Deir ez-Zor

RT2018/10/20
Damascus seeks UN probe over 60 civilians killed in US-led coalition strikes in Deir ez-Zor
At least 62 civilians have been killed in a US Air Force attack on two villages near Deir ez-Zor city, Damascus said, adding that Washington’s aim is not to combat terrorism in the region, but to kill Syrian people.

The airstrikes, which targeted the villages of Sousse and Bubradan, also injured a number of civilians, according to the agency.

Later on Saturday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry sent a letter to the UN Security Council, calling on the body to investigate the US-led airstrikes in Deir Ez-Zor. The ministry insisted that the tragedy only proves that the goal of US operations “is not to combat terrorism,” but to kill as many Syrian people as possible.

US forces have been in Syria since September 2014, working with some militias to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in the country. Deir ez-Zor province where the airstrike took place is included into the US-led locations. Islamic State is controlling large parts of Deir ez-Zor’s territory. According to the Russian MoD, this is clearly a result of “inaction of the US-backed armed units.”

The recent tragedy comes days after another offensive carried out by US forces in the embattled province. In that attack, two US-led coalition F-15 fighter jets mistakenly targeted Kurdish units during their offensive on the remaining forces of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists in Syria. A diplomatic source criticized the US’ “lack of coordination and professionalism.”

Earlier this week, the Russian Defense Ministry revealed that terrorists had attacked a refugee camp in Deir ez-Zor and had taken hundreds of hostages. Some 700 people were abducted and transported to the town of Hajin in the province.

In September US National Security Advisor John Bolton vowed that American troops would remain in Syria for long as any Iranian-related forces operate there. Damascus invited Iran to help fight jihadist rebels and ISIS in the country, while denouncing the US presence as illegal. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that American troops are in Syria to eradicate IS, and would leave after that mission is complete.

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2018年10月20日

サウジの説明に米国議員の多くが納得せず

FARSNEWS2018/10/20
US Congress Members Call for Change in US-Saudi Relations
TEHRAN (FNA)- A number of American lawmakers called for fundamental change in relations with the kingdom hours after Saudi Arabia finally admitted the murder of journalist in its Istanbul consulate.

Eighteen days after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the KSA consulate general building in Istanbul and never left the place, finally the Saudi Arabia's general prosecutor officially announced early Saturday morning local time that the missing journalist is dead.

However, the explanation is in contradiction with multiple reports of how Khashoggi died. Turkish officials told the media that they have audio evidence which proves Khashoggi was tortured, killed and subsequently dismembered by a hit team of Saudi agents.

It also contradicts the Saudi government's earlier account of events. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman previously told Bloomberg that the journalist had left the consulate shortly after he had arrived.

Several members of Congress have now called for swift sanctions on oil-rich Saudi Arabia in the uproar over Khashoggi. Sen. Lindsey Graham quickly expressed his doubts about the Saudi account of the journalist's death, saying "It's hard to find this latest 'explanation' as credible."

Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the United States should pursue sanctions against Saudis involved in Khashoggi’s death under a US law named after Sergei Magnitsky, the anti-corruption Russian accountant who died in custody.

“The Global Magnitsky Act doesn’t have exceptions for accidents. Even if Khashoggi died because of an altercation, that’s no excuse for his murder,” Menendez tweeted. “This is far from the end and we need to keep up the international pressure.”

Shadi Hamid, senior fellow at the policy think-tank the Brookings Institute, says the way the US responds to the Saudi announcement is “critical”.

“The question is whether Saudi Arabia takes Americans − including members of Congress − as fools. How we respond is obviously critical. If we accept the Saudi cover-up, then it will build on the precedent that Mohammed bin Salman can get away with anything, setting the stage for more recklessness.”

Several Republican lawmakers have called on President Trump to act swiftly and decisively against Saudi Arabia, recalling their ambassador from the country.

Republic Congressman Mike Coffman has called on the president to recall the acting US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, saying “our country must stand up for our values and demand our ‘allies’ respect human rights.”

In a strongly-worded statement, the Colorado representative, who is a Marine combat veteran, said “I did not fight to have us look the other way. The United States and the rest of the international community must condemn the murder of Mr. Khashoggi and the use of diplomatic posts as torture chambers for rogue nations.”

Senator Rand Paul has called for all military sales and aid to Saudi Arabia to be halted immediately.

Republican senator Bob Corker from Tennessee has called for the US to conduct its own investigation into Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, saying “we should not assume [Saudi Arabia’s] latest story holds water”.

“The story the Saudis have told about Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance continues to change with each passing day, so we should not assume their latest story holds water,” he wrote on Twitter.

“They can undergo their own investigation, but the US administration must make its own independent, credible determination of responsibility for Khashoggi’s murder under the Global Magnitsky investigation as required by law.

Democratic Senator Jack Reed, the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the Saudis were still not forthcoming with the truth.

“This appears to have been a deliberate, planned act followed by a cover-up,” he said in a statement

Democratic US Senator Richard Blumenthal told CNN the Saudi explanation "absolutely defies credibility" and he called for an international investigation of Khashoggi’s death.

"The Saudis very clearly seem to be buying time and buying cover. But this action raises more questions than it answers and there is no way the world will wait for 30 days for a Saudi investigation to be done," Blumenthal said.

Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen, called the Saudi statement a cover-up.

"The United States must not be complicit in this cover-up. Looking forward to what our intelligence agencies have to say," Van Hollen said.

US Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, said Saudi Arabia's claim that Khashoggi was "killed while brawling with a team of more than a dozen dispatched from Saudi Arabia is not credible."

He was "fighting for his life with people sent to capture or kill him," said Schiff, a senior member of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

Sen. Chris Murphy had said last month that pulling support from the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen "should be at the core of the Democratic foreign policy argument". Before Saudi Arabia admitting the murder, following Khashoggi's disappearance, he called for a "fundamental review" of the entire US-Saudi relationship. And he's not the only one.

There were a host of other congress members who made similar remarks before the official Saudi admitting of the crime. Sen. Bernie Sanders said, "The time is long overdue for us to reevaluate the US-Saudi relationship and ask whether it's actually advancing our interests and values."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is in favor of withholding arms sales to the Saudis − and would vote against any future sales, a spokesperson told the media. She also supports cutting support for the Saudi coalition in Yemen.

Sen. Jack Reed, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services committee, told reporters the US should "terminate the aerial refueling" of Saudi-coalition planes in Yemen regardless of further Khashoggi developments. He also said after a "thorough, independent investigation," weapons sales could be restricted.

Sen. Jeff Merkley said, "The US’ most powerful tool on the world stage is our moral leadership. Right now, our posture with Saudi Arabia is putting that leadership at risk."

Rep. Ro Khanna, who introduced a War Powers Resolution to pull U.S. support for the Saudi coalition in Yemen last month, told the media, “I think this moment is capturing…the American public in a way that the 16,000 deaths in Yemen never did, frankly. And it’s leading to a fundamental re-examination of the relationship.”

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, who was an original co-sponsor of Khanna's legislation and has called for an "open debate about America's role in Yemen," said in a statement on Thursday, "Given the reports surrounding Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance, America’s relationship with Saudi Arabia ought to be carefully scrutinized."

Senator Marco Rubio said that a weak response from the US could undermine the US' "ability to stand for morality and human rights all over the world."

"I don't think any of our government officials should be going and pretending as its business as usual, until we know exactly what's happened here."

FARSNEWS2018/10/20
Saudi Prince: King Ordered, His Son Assassinated Khashoggi
TEHRAN (FNA)- Dissident Saudi Prince Khalid bin Farhan Al-Saud demanded King Salman bin Abdulaziz to abdicate the throne in favour of his brother Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz after the disappearance and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, claiming that the first man in Riyadh and his son are responsible for the death of the well-known writer.

“Well-known oppositionists are punished by the king’s direct orders. Had Khashoggi been killed, the killers would have received a direct authorisation from the head of state,” Prince Khalid told the German DW TV.

He, however, declared that “King Salman of Saudi Arabia is only a facade now. The order must have been executed by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman”.

“King Salman’s royal line should not be imposed as a fourth kingship. Your brothers were kings, and you also became one. It is not Saudi Arabia’s absolute fate that one of your grandchildren becomes the ruler, and then the rest of your offspring monopolises the thrown afterwards. Among the Saudi Royalty, there are highly cultivated, and humane princes with a good educational level and they are popular outside and even inside the ruling family,” bin Farhan, who lives currently in Germany.

The Saudi prince described King Salman as a “rather tyrant ruler who uses violence because he lacks political experience. But, unfortunately, he is the ruler. When he became king, he applied a similar method to the one he used to follow when he was the governor of Riyadh Province”.

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カショギ事件 世界の人はこう見ている







※ Lindsey Graham@LindseyGrahamSC
First we were told Mr. Khashoggi supposedly left the consulate and there was blanket denial of any Saudi involvement. Now, a fight breaks out and he’s killed in the consulate, all without knowledge of Crown Prince.
8:08 AM - Oct 20, 2018

※ XENI@xeni
THEY'RE SAYING HE FOUGHT 18 GUYS. He was a journalist. Not freaking Bruce Lee.
7:38 AM - Oct 20, 2018
彼らは18人と戦ったというが、カショギはジャーナリストだ。恐るべきブルースリーではない。


※ Ted Lieu@tedlieu
The Saudi Arabia story that Khashoggi would get into a fist fight with up to 18 Saudis, many of whom are trained killers, is ridiculous on its face.

※ Maggie Haberman@maggieNYT
Do fist fights routinely involve bone saws and I just hadn't known that? No?
拳闘というのは普通骨鋸が使われるものなの? 知らなかったわ。

※ Max Boot@MaxBoot
So a 60-year-old journalist got into a fistfight inside the Saudi consulate with a team of security service goons and just happened to get killed? MBS needs to work on his cover story. This one won’t hunt. https://nyti.ms/2QWBizi?smid=nytcore-ios-share
7:32 AM - Oct 20, 2018

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カショギ事件 総領事公邸の捜索に続き 近郊の森で遺体捜索

FARSNEWS2018/10/18
TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish police and forensic investigators wrapped up the day's work evening, and were seen leaving the residence of the Saudi Arabian consul in Istanbul, as part of the probe into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. [VIDEO]



ロイター2018年10月19日 / 08:23 / 1時間前更新
[アンカラ 18日 ロイター] - サウジアラビア人反体制記者ジャマル・カショギ氏がイスタンブールのサウジ総領事館訪問後に消息を絶った問題で、トルコの警察当局がイスタンブール近郊の森などで遺体の捜索を行っていることが、2人のトルコ高官の話で明らかになった。

FARSNEWS2018/10/19
Turkish Police Search Forest, Seaside House to Find Khashoggi’s Remains
TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkey’s investigation into the alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has led the police forces to comb a forest near Istanbul and a farm house in the seaside city of Yalova to find the dissident’s remains.

According to a source inside the investigation, the movements of a suspicious black van belonging to the Saudi diplomatic mission led the Turkish police to the Belgrad forest and woodland in the Gazi neighborhood, press tv reported.

The footage tracked by the investigators showed that a black van with green diplomatic plates headed north, past the Gazi woodland and Belgrad forest, and back into town, a source told the Middle East Eye.


The source said the police are now combing the areas, using crime scene investigation teams and sniffer dogs.

A rural location near the city of Yalova, a 90-kilometer drive South of Istanbul adjacent to Marmara Sea, is another geographic focus of the Turkish police’s search. A "farm house or villa" in the seaside city may have been used for the disposal of remains, the report added.


Turkish investigators have for a second time searched the Saudi consulate where Khashoggi disappeared, and also searched the consul's residence.

While searching the consul-general’s house, investigators combed a small grove nearby, without success, the source said.

However, a high-level Turkish official told the Associated Press on Tuesday that “certain evidence” of Khashoggi’s murder was found in the consulate.

Turkey says that areas of the Saudi consulate’s interior were repainted in between Khashoggi’s disappearance and forensics specialists being allowed into the building 13 days later.

Hours before investigators were allowed into the consulate, cleaners were witnessed entering the building.

ロイター2018/10/20
Investigators likely to discover what happened to Khashoggi body 'before long': Turkish official
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish investigators are likely to find out what happened to the body of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi “before long”, a senior Turkish official said on Saturday.

The official, who declined to be identified, also told Reuters that Khashoggi’s DNA samples were being procured from Turkey, meaning that investigators would not need to ask Saudi Arabia for samples at the moment.
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F1の空に 2018/10

ALPSのある辺りの空に雲が浮かんでいるように見えます。


3番目の鉄塔は見えません。特に放射線が強くなっているものとみられます。


F1沖で雲が湧いてこちら側にカーブしながら流れてきているように見えます。


海岸線沿いに雲


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 20:36| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

MBSの失脚を視野に世界が動く

FARSNEWS2018/10/20
Chaos at White House: Pompeo at Odds with Trump over Saudi Crown Prince's Future

TEHRAN (FNA)- US President Donald Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appear to be sending mixed signals on the administration's stance over the future of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) after crisis in Riyadh over the mysterious disappearance and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump dispatched Pompeo to Riyadh on Tuesday for talks with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his son, Mohammad, who is the first in line to the throne, two weeks after the writer vanished in Saudi consulate in Turkish city of Istanbul.

A Western intelligence source told Middle East Eye (MEE) that Saudi Arabia’s royal court is discussing the potential for a change in the line of succession, with the US government wanting “direct involvement” in the process.

The source told the news outlet that Pompeo was sent to Riyadh as part of a plan for the US administration to involve itself in discussions over any potential change in the line of succession.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source described that the “Saudis being in disarray” as pressure continues to mount on Riyadh over the suspected murder of Khashoggi inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.

The source added that Trump wanted MbS to remain in power, but Pompeo considered him as “volatile”(気まぐれな、激しやすい、不安定な) and wanted him to be replaced.

On Thursday, the report by the French paper Le Figaro cited a diplomatic source in Paris as saying that the Saudi Allegiance Council had secretly met to discuss the disappearance of Khashoggi. The council, which appointed bin Salman as the new crown prince last year by breaking the customary rules of succession, is now planning to appoint Khalid bin Salman, the current Saudi envoy to the US, as deputy crown price. This way power stays in the Salman family, the report added.

One Saudi source explained to Le Figaro that if Khalid was appointed, it would mean that MbS will leave his position in the coming years.

The officials has revealed that the Saudi Ambassador to Washington Prince Khalid bin Salman is unlikely to return the United States, as the disappearance of Khashoggi has started a diplomatic and strategic raw between Washington and Riyadh.

Several sources has confirmed that Pompeo had sternly told Prince Mohammad during a meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday that the first in line to the throne would have to take responsibility in disappearance case of journalist Khashoggi to help the kingdom avoid the consequences of an international backlash.

Pompeo's smiling photo op with Mohammad disguised the reality of a blunt, tough meeting in which the top US diplomat told the royal that his future as king depends on his handling of Khashoggi's suspected murder, according to reports.

Pompeo has also warned of a "wide range" of responses should Washington determine that Saudi Arabia is behind the disappearance and apparent death of Khashoggi.

"We'll certainly consider a wide range of potential responses, but I think the important thing to do is that the facts come out," Pompeo told Voice of America radio.

But, Trump has shifted his views several times since Khashoggi had been missing in early October. Even after US intelligence revealed that the Saudi crown prince ordered an operation to detain Khashoggi after luring him back to Saudi Arabia, the American leader suggested that "rogue killers" could be responsible for Khashoggi's mysterious disappearance, an explanation offering Washington ally Riyadh a possible path out of a global diplomatic firestorm.

Even after Riyadh admitted that the Saudi journalist was killed in a "fight with people who met him” inside the consulate building, Trump stated that Saudi Arabia functions as a counterbalance to Iran in the Middle East region and it has put Washington in a “complex” situation with regards to Riyadh’s explanation about Khashoggi’s death.

“They [Saudis] have been a great ally in the Middle East. We need them as a counter-balance to Iran. So it's not the simplest solution. It's not the simplest situation to be in,” Trump stressed.

Trump told reporters that he found the account “credible” although he had to talk to the Saudi crown prince to clear up a few more things.

Asked whether he would stay true to his pledges of punishing the perpetrators of the apparent murder, the American leader stressed that the situation needed to be handled with care because billions of dollars in arms sales were at stake.

US officials speaking on the condition of anonymity told The Washington Post that MbS and other Saudi officials tried to get Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia, where he is from, with offers of government employment and protection.

“I would prefer if there is going to be some form of sanction, or what we may determine to do if anything,” the US president said, adding that “but I would prefer that we don't use as retribution, canceling the $110 billion-worth of work, which means 600,000 jobs”.

Last year, the US president signed the largest arms deal in history with Saudi Arabia despite warnings that he could be accused of being complicit in the regime's war crimes in Yemen. During Trump's visit to Riyadh in May 2017, Saudi Arabia agreed to buy $US110 billion of weapons and signed "investment" deals worth billions more. The kingdom has one of the highest rates of spending on its military in the world, which stood at 10.3 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017, according to World Bank data.

Also, month after Saudi Arabia promised the Trump administration $100 million for "American efforts to stabilize areas in Syria liberated from Daesh", the money landed in American accounts on Tuesday, the same day that Pompeo landed in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, for discussions with the kingdom’s leaders about the fate of Khashoggi.

Also, US intelligence agencies are increasingly convinced that the Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince played a role in Khashoggi’s disappearance and likely death in early October, according to a report.

Citing unidentified officials, The New York Times reported that information leaked to the public – names and photos of 15 Saudis who travelled to Istanbul on October 2 as well as claims Turkey possesses audio recordings of Khashoggi’s death – is helping convince the US intelligence community that the crown prince was involved.

MEE also reported that the British foreign office is having internal discussions to prepare for possible scenarios including a change to the line of succession in Saudi Arabia.

A source inside the foreign office, also speaking on condition of anonymity, stated that Simon Collis, the British ambassador in Riyadh, had not met with bin Salman since Khashoggi’s disappearance in early October.

Khashoggi, known for his criticism of Saudi Arabia's policies, went missing on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a marriage document. Ankara has accused Riyadh of murdering the Khashoggi and smuggling his body out of the consulate in pieces. Saudi Arabia has denied the charges as “baseless", stressing that the journalist left the consulate shortly after he arrived, without providing any evidence. After two weeks of denial by Saudi officials, Riyadh sacked a top general and arrested several people after confessing that Khashoggi was murdered in the Turkish city of Istanbul, but made no mention of where his body is.

FARSNEWS2018/10/20
WaPo Columnist Says Saudis Mulling MbS Replacement After Crown Prince Earthquake
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi officials are looking to replace 33-year Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) with Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the last remaining son of the founding King Abdul Aziz bin Saud, well-known American journalist David Ignatius said.
Criticizing US spy agencies' actions about threats against newly-murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the writer asked "have US intelligence agencies provided the White House any assessments about Ahmed’s views and political prospects? Would he stabilize the kingdom after the MbS earthquake, or produce greater instability?"

Ignatius also suggested that the Senate and House intelligence committees should begin an urgent oversight investigation of what US spy agencies knew about threats against Khashoggi − and also into their broader reporting and analysis on Saudi Arabia and its headstrong crown prince.

Washington Post had earlier reported that before Khashoggi’s disappearance, the US had found access to some vital information about Riyadh's decision to capture the WaPo columnist, raising speculation over American-Saudi joint scenario to get rid of the journalist. Before the journalist’s disappearance, "US intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture him," a person familiar with the information said according to Washington Post, adding that the Riyadh regime wanted to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and lay hands on him there.

Ignatius further stressed that the congressional inquiry should focus first on the intelligence agencies’ “duty to warn” Khashoggi about any lethal threat, because his US residency qualified him as a “US person” for whom such a warning was required.

"It should look, too, for any hint that US intelligence about MbS has been skewed by the [Donald] Trump White House for political reasons," Ignatius wrote, noting that "the investigation should examine the larger problem of US visibility into the kingdom, which has too often been a black hole for our spy agencies".

Also, US intelligence agencies are increasingly convinced that the Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince played a role in Khashoggi’s disappearance in early October, according to a report.

Citing unidentified officials, The New York Times reported that information leaked to the public – names and photos of 15 Saudis who travelled to Istanbul on October 2 as well as claims Turkey possesses audio recordings of Khashoggi’s death – is helping convince the US intelligence community that the crown prince was involved.

Comparing Khashoggi case with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914, or the failed plot by German officers to assassinate Adolf Hitler in 1944, Ignatius said, citing his Saudi friend, that Saudis are at "an unanticipated fulcrum of history".

"Khashoggi’s apparent death may seem unimportant by comparison, but it has begun a chain of events that could alter the Middle East," journalist wrote, citing the same person.

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