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2018年11月18日

アフガン政府とタリバンの直接交渉なるか

FARSNEWS2018/11/18
Official: Afghan Gov't to Decide about US Pullout in Talks with Taliban
TEHRAN (FNA)- Spokesman for the High Peace Council Seyed Ehsan Tahiri underlined that the Afghan government will decide the deadline for the US forces' withdrawal from the country in talks with the Taliban.

"The timetable for the foreign forces' withdrawal from Afghanistan depends on the start of peace negotiations between the government and Taliban," Tahiri told FNA on Sunday.

He stressed that the Afghan people have the last say about the fate of the US forces deployed in the country, and said, "No doubt that the High Peace Council is fully prepared to negotiate with the Taliban."

Tahiri said that Taliban would be free to put forward any plan, including a deadline for the pullout of foreign forces, in talks with the government and it will be discussed and decided in a joint meeting between the two sides.

The Taliban last month presented demands to US Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad that included a timeline for the withdrawal of US troops and the release of senior Taliban militants from jails in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In October, Pakistan released one of the co-founders of the Taliban and another high-ranking commander.

The Taliban have recently held three days of talks with Khalilzad in the Persian Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office.

According to reports, part of the talks were allocated to setting a timetable for the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.

RT2018/11/18
Ex-Guantanamo prisoners to end war? US envoy predicts peace deal after talks with Taliban delegates
The long-awaited peace deal between the Afghan government and the Taliban may be reached by April next year, a US special envoy for Afghanistan said following a meeting with insurgent group’s emissaries in Qatar.

Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, said on Sunday that he hopes “a peace deal is reached before April 20 next year,” according to Reuters. The war-torn country will hold a presidential election on that day.

“Peace and a successful Afghanistan, one that doesn’t pose any threats to itself and to the international community” would be among final outcomes of the ongoing peace talks.

The promising remarks came on the back of his meeting with two Taliban envoys in Qatar, where the insurgent movement has its liaison office. What was on the agenda for the talks remains unclear, but the Taliban had previously announced that it will push for US military withdrawal from Afghanistan and seek recognition as a political force.

The two emissaries were among five senior Taliban members released from the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in 2014 in exchange for American Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was imprisoned by the militants, according to AP. All five men are now settled in Qatar, and have been taking part in liaising with the Americans.

Meanwhile, Khalilzad, a Bush-era diplomat, is set to visit Moscow to talk about Afghan reconciliation with his Russian counterparts. “I’ve known Khalilzad for a long time. We’ll meet again – he is planning to visit us,” Russia’s envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, said this week.

A Taliban delegation recently flew to Moscow to hold separate discussions on ways to end conflict in the country.

Despite the US’ decade-long efforts to defeat the militant group, Afghanistan has seen a re-emergence of the Taliban in recent years. Washington still has almost 15,000 troops in Afghanistan, who are officially “advising and assisting” the forces loyal to the government in Kabul.

Washington’s own estimates indicate that the Western-backed Afghanistan government has uncontested control of just over 57 percent of the country. Meanwhile, a recent British study revealed that the Taliban are “openly active” in around 70 percent of the nation.

FARSNEWS2018/11/12
Kremlin: US Special Adviser to Afghanistan Plans Moscow Trip as Taliban Gains Ground
TEHRAN (FNA)- After years of struggle against the Taliban in Afghanistan, US special advisor Zalmay Khalilzad is planning to visit Russia to discuss a peace settlement, his Russian counterpart Zamir Kabulov said on Monday.

“I’ve known Khalilzad for a long time. We’ll meet again – he is planning to visit us,” Kabulov told reporters, adding that the parties may discuss the launch of direct talks between the US-backed government in Kabul and the Taliban if Khalilzad is “ready to do it”, RT reported.

The Russian official stressed that Moscow supports the “regionalist approach” to a peace settlement in the war-torn nation and doesn’t seek competition with the US in Afghanistan, but at the same time can’t just stand by and “idly observe” the ongoing deterioration of the situation on the ground.

A Taliban delegation recently flew to Moscow to hold separate discussions on the ways to end the conflict in the country.

In recent years, US officials became more receptive to the idea of direct peace talks with the Taliban.

“This is not going to be won militarily. This is going to a political solution,” General Austin S. Miller, who lead the NATO mission in Afghanistan, admitted last week. Khalilzad, meanwhile, reportedly met with Taliban officials in Qatar last month.

Despite the US’ decade-long efforts to quell the militants, Afghanistan has seen an upsurge in Taliban activity in recent years. The US government’s own estimates indicate that the Washington-backed government in Kabul has uncontested control of just over 57 percent of the country, while a recent BBC study revealed that the jihadists are “openly active” in about 70 percent of the nation.

Heroin production has skyrocketed, and frequent terror attacks continue to claim the lives of Afghan servicemen and civilians.

FARSNEWS2018/11/12
Diplomat: Taliban Ready to Take Part in Next Moscow Meeting on Afghanistan
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Taliban movement (terrorist organization, outlawed in Russia) is ready to take part in the next round of Moscow consultations on Afghanistan, Russia’s Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asian Department Zamir Kabulov said.

"Principally, the Taliban is ready," Kabulov told TASS.

"They like the idea very much, they are ready to take part," he further added.

The Afghan government demanded holding direct talks with the Taliban movement on the sidelines of the Moscow-format consultations, but the Taliban refused, he said.

"The Afghan government demanded direct talks with representatives of the Taliban movement on the sidelines of these Moscow consultations," he said. "The Taliban’s leadership flatly refuses to talk with the current Afghanistan’s government, considering it to be the puppet one brought into power in Kabul by the Americans."

The second meeting of the Moscow-format consultations on Afghanistan was held on November 9.

A delegation of the Taliban movement’s political office took part in an international meeting of this level for the first time.


posted by ZUKUNASHI at 23:50| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Horrific CIA Torture Measures Revealed in 9/11 Court

FARSNEWS2018/1/18
Report: Horrific CIA Torture Measures Revealed in 9/11 Court
TEHRAN (FNA)- Horrifying descriptions of how CIA and FBI agents tortured their captives --- caught for alleged links to terrorism in the US government’s so-called ‘war on terror’ effort following the Sept. 11, 2001 incidents --- have been read aloud during a trial of prisoners held at the infamous Guantanamo military prison.

“An alleged plot mastermind was taken nude from interrogation to a medical officer, who put fluids up his rectum then returned him nude to interrogation. Some captives were kept like 'cowering dogs', subjected to standing sleep deprivation, abdominal and facial slaps, in what one CIA agent called a 'nightmare',” US-based daily Miami Herald reported, quoting statements made in the military court by 9/11 Prosecutor Jeffrey Groharing.

According to the daily, Groharing read the descriptions from various material his team had provided defense lawyers in a bid to prompt a new 9/11 trial judge, Marine Col. Keith Parrella, to restore the FBI interrogations of the alleged plotters that Parrella's predecessor had excluded from the trial.

The original trial judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, had suppressed the information about the interrogations by FBI agents in August because prosecutors had blocked defense attorneys from speaking to CIA witnesses.

The court-appointed lawyers defending the Gitmo prisoners, however, insisted on obtaining a graphic description of torture and abuse carried out in CIA’s overseas black-site prisons in a bid to argue that the 2007 FBI interrogations at Guantanamo were tainted by the earlier torture.

Pohl had found that without an independent probe by the defense-team, the defense lawyers would not have enough evidence to argue exclusion of the interrogations of alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheik Mohammad, and four other defendants at Guantanamo in 2007. So he suppressed them. Then Pohl handed off the case to Parrella and retired from 38 years in the military.

"The CIA is not on trial," Groharing told Parrella on Thursday as quoted by the daily. He further insisted that this is the trial of the five men accused of plotting the mass murder by hijacking of nearly 3,000 people in New York, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

The CIA held the five suspects incommunicado and subjected them to cruel treatment from 2002 and 2003 to their transfer to Guantanamo in September 2006. They were then arraigned on May 5, 2012 under an Obama-era format for military commissions that prohibited the use of tortured or coerced interrogations from the military commissions.

According to the report, the case has been in pretrial hearings, often arguing over access to evidence, ever since. No trial date has been set.

"It's really not a secret what happened to the accused in CIA custody. It's a matter of how it's shaded or flavored, if you will," the 9/11 prosecutor further admitted, arguing that defense attorneys have enough prosecution-furnished, CIA and judicially approved summaries of what occurred in the black site prison network to defend the suspects in the death-penalty case.

Groharing, the report emphasized, offered “the most lurid, detailed descriptions of what was inflicted upon the captive, known as KSM, yet uttered in the war court".

The daily noted, however, that Mohammad's death-penalty defender, David Nevin, insisted that the prosecution-picked details about the abusive treatment of the men were insufficient for a fair trial.

Nevin further challenged the prosecutor’s argument, pointing out that the government had condensed a description of a 15-hour interrogation into a page-and-a-half summary.

For instance, he added, the prosecution provided evidence that Mohammad was "rectally rehydrated", but does not describe how it was done, saying, "Does somebody hold his legs apart? Is he naked? Was lubrication involved? How did they do it?"

Defense lawyers for the men who went missing in CIA detention from 2002 and 2003 to 2006 want even more exacting eyewitness testimony. They want to argue that the United States has lost the moral authority to execute the alleged 9/11 conspirators, if convicted.

"My imagination fails when it comes to how badly these men were treated ... in this dungeon they created," attorney Jay Connell stated, representing Mohammad's nephew Ammar al Baluchi. He further emphasized that it was unimaginable, before this week's revelation that CIA agents considered using “truth serum” in their secret prison network.

Connell also underlined that the so-called vivid descriptions offered by the prosecution were woefully insufficient and shouldn't substitute for evidence provided by actual eyewitnesses and original CIA cables.

"Where did they hit him? In the head? In the stomach? In the scrotum? What kind of sounds does he make? Does he flinch? Does he wince? Does he cough? Does he beg?," Connell said, adding that "is he gaunt? Is he starving? Is steam coming of his body when they douse him in cold water?

"What does it look like when a person is so humiliated? Do they cry? Do they whimper? That's the kind of information that is a rich and vivid account," Connell noted.

The prosecutor had earlier invoked quotes from anonymous CIA black-site eyewitnesses who said they were "ashamed," saw a "nightmare" and observed detainees held at in one overseas prison like "cowering dogs".

He also offered accounts, provided to defense attorneys in summaries, of the 9/11 defendants' rectal rehydration, sleep deprivation, kept nude in interrogation, put in stress positions and, in the instance of Mohammad, having his hair and beard shaved off.
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:34| Comment(0) | 国際・政治

Grandpa made a placard

プラカードが完成しました。A1より二回りほど大きいプラスティック板に印刷した紙を貼り付けました。

なかなかの出来栄え。プラカードの外見自体は恥ずかしいものではありません。

もともとの発想は2018/5でした。この頃はアサリ採りのシーズンも終わりかけていましたので、秋に狙いを定めました。

2018年05月15日
在日中国人の情報網に接点をお持ちの方はおられませんか

今はすでに11月の半ば、カキのシーズン到来です。今月の大潮は20日過ぎです。この間、東京湾深奥部の漁業や釣りに詳しい人と会いましたので、私の意図を示したところ、東京湾北部の漁師は、昔からカキは採らない、採っていなかったとの情報を得ました。

理由はわかりません。育ちが悪いのか、何か有害物質があるのか。三番瀬では今もノリの養殖は見られますが、カキの養殖は聞いたことがありません。(アサリは君津の辺りで採ったものを潮干狩りの場所に撒いていると聞きます)でも、三番瀬では最近ホンビノス貝を採って市場に出荷しているんですよね。



まあ、いずれにしても江戸川河口のカキを食べるならそれなりの覚悟が必要だとの認識は誤りではないでしょう。

プラカードは、運搬に便利なように二つに折れるようにしました。ところがそれでも自転車で運べません。電車と徒歩で現地まで行かなければならないことになります。

そして江戸川の土手は風が強いのに・・・物好きな人もいるもんだ、と呆れる人も多いでしょう。瘋癲老人(ふうてんろうじん)の勝手でしょ!!

技術的なことを言うと、全面糊のついたものを使いましたが、貼り付けが難しかったです。ポスターなどの見栄えを第一にするものでなければ、糊のついていない台紙に透明な幅広のガムテープで止めるほうがやりやすいと思います。

文字の部分を合わせるのは、A3カッターが役立ちました。ハサミで切るのはかなり神経を使います。

今回の成功体験を踏まえて、リュックサックの後ろに小さなポスターをぶら下げられるようにすることを考えています。A3の台紙(プラ板)二つに切って2枚を2か所で紐でつなぎます。結束バンドでよいですね。

この2枚に上下に分けて絵や文章を書きます。「アベ政治を許さない」などはこの方式が向いているでしょう。

ただ、政治的なスローガンを書いたものは、反発する人もいます。板をぶら下げたりして迷惑だと苦情を受けることがありますから、そこは注意が必要です。人込みでは使えませんね。

2018年11月13日
簡易なプラカードの作り方

2018年11月12日
これも必要ないでしょうけど プラカードの作り方

・・・・・・

2018/11/18、実地適用可能性を含めた現地調査

現地で友人にプラカードを広げて持ってもらいました。少し離れると文字が読めません。手書きの大きな文字は、訴求力もありますし、視認性もよいです。


プラカードの文字数を減らし、もっと文字を大きくすることにしました。大きさはA2ですが、携帯も難しくありません。大きなショッピングバッグに入れて運べばOK。海外のスーパーなどが有償で販売している特大ショッピングバッグを使ってもよいです。

そこで肝心のカキの採取状況。

カキの貝殻はありました。水際に打ち上げられています。






でも量は知れたものです。

※ 千葉日報2017年12月5日 05:00
河川敷にカキ殻100トン 中国人投棄、転倒でけがも 地元住民ら回収作業 市川の江戸川放水路

新聞報道では、地元住民などが30トンを撤去したとあります。
「国と市、地元自治会などからなる「江戸川放水路水面等利用者協議会」のメンバーら約70人が午前9時半から約2時間、カキ殻の回収作業にあたった。コンクリートブロックの上に積み重なった殻をスコップなどでかき出し、撤去したカキ殻は約30トン。周辺の河川敷は約1キロにわたってカキ殻が捨てられており、推定100トンに上る。」

約1kmというと高速道路下から妙典中学の辺りまでの広がりです。今なお70トンが残っているはずですが、見つかりませんでした。岩や石に付着したまま捨てられているはずですから、重さはあるでしょうね。

もともと水際にはごみが散乱、漂着して汚いです。貝殻で埋め尽くされているのは、それはそれでよいのでは? 別に遊歩道になっているわけではない。

ここのカキは川のどんなところにあるのか? 友人が拾った大きいカキ。石に付着しています。


カキは水中に没した石や岩に付着しています。


釣り人と二人のご老人に話を聞きました。

釣り人は、カキの貝殻を意識したことはないと。
地元の老人が、今でも少し上流でカキを採っていると教えてくれました。
韓国人だよ。

えーっ、中国人じゃないんですか!! 

韓国語版も作らなければいけなくなりました。

でも今日の現場調査の結果、カキ採取は家族で楽しむようなものではありません。ある程度体力のある男性が中心になってカキのついた石や岩を運び、川岸で女性たちがカキを殻から取り出す、そんな作業分担になっているはずです。

それにあまり新しいカキの殻はありませんでした。去年の年末までに100トンもカキ殻が捨てられたのであれば、今はもう大きなカキは少なくなっているでしょう。

マガキだと採苗から1年以内に出荷するものを「1年牡蠣」、3年程度で出荷するものを「3年牡蠣」というとのこと。「3年牡蠣」は身が大粒です。

天然に育つものは一般に養殖物より成長が遅くなりますし、江戸川河口で育つものがそんなに成長が良いか疑問です。となると、江戸川河口のカキ採取量は限定的とならざるを得ないでしょう。

少し時間的には余裕ができました。カキ採取者と遭遇することができれば、率直に話し合ってみたいと考えます。

オオバンの群れ、北から渡ってきたところでしょう。
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 21:02| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故

Roland Hedayat: Saudis Target Yemeni Democratization Out of Fears of Domestic Discontent

FARSNEWS2018/11/18
Roland Hedayat: Saudis Target Yemeni Democratization Out of Fears of Domestic Discontent
TEHRAN (FNA)- Political commentator Roland Hedayat says the one-family kleptocratic ruling class in Riyadh have been unnerved by the democratic movement of the Yemeni people, fearing that it would inspire discontent among the Saudi population.

Mr. Hedayat, in an exclusive interview with FNA, said that “the humanitarian crisis in Yemen is intentionally caused by the Saudi war of aggression, not an unintended side effect of war.”

Commenting on the role of American and British governments, he added that human rights and democracy do not matter for the two governments unless these terms “can be used as self serving propaganda instruments.”

Roland Hedayat is an activist and political commentator who has been closely following the war of aggression on Yemen.

FNA has conducted an interview with Roland Hedayat about the ongoing Saudi war on Yemen and possible motives behind the war imposed on the impoverished Arab country by Saudi Arabia and its western allies.

Q: What do you think of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen caused by the Saudi war and blockade on the country?

A: The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is intentionally caused by the Saudi war of aggression, not an unintended side effect of war. Since day one, the aggressors have hit food production and storage facilities, civil infrastructure, such as water pumping, sewer and water cleaning facilities, thus actively engineering starvation, diseases and epidemics. Also, schools, hospitals, health care centers, weddings, and funerals have been targeted, with the aim of bringing the population to its knees. These acts are war crimes and should cause an outcry from the International Community.

Q: What are the Saudis’ objectives in their war on Yemen? It seems that the Saudis expected an easy-to-win combat when they first stepped into the war. What do you think is the root-cause of Riyadh's continued failure in Yemen?

A: There are several reasons for the Saudi/UAE (and also US/UK) war of aggression on Yemen. The last two are added to the list, because they are directly involved in the warfare as well as selling arms, providing diplomatic cover, and spreading war propaganda to the media.

Saudi Arabia has a long tradition of meddling in the internal affairs of Yemen, having intervened in several internal strides in that country, with the aim of keeping or increasing its control over it. Saudi Arabia shares about 1800 km of border with Yemen, and sees it as unacceptable that Yemen not be solidly under its control. The savageness of the present war shows to what extent they are serious about this, practicing an old colonial devise: What you can't control -- you must destroy.

The compulsory Saudi need for control can be explained by the fact that the country is run by, and to a large extent owned by one family, the house of Saud, constituting a "one family kleptocracy". Such a system is inherently unstable. The popular movement and democratic aspirations of the Yemeni people has unnerved the Saudis, hell-bent on never accepting democratization in Yemen which could potentially inspire discontent among the Saudi population.

Yemen has also got an important geo-strategical location as well as vast unexploited oil and other natural resources that the aggressors want to control.

Q: Why do the US and the UK continue to supply Saudi Arabia with arms despite international criticism with regard to civilian casualties?

A: The US and UK are killing two (if not even three) birds with one stone: The massive arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE is a lucrative business. They also serve the purpose of keeping the pressure on Iran for free (the vassals pay), a most welcome side effect. Also, they further increase the vassal's dependence on the US and UK, solidifying that relationship.

Regarding US/UK indifference to international criticism, the answer is simply that they do not care as long as it is controllable. "Human rights" and "democracy" have never been an issue for these countries when it comes to geopolitics, unless the terms can be used as self serving propaganda instruments.

Q: Why have the international organizations, particularly the UN, remained passive in the face of the ongoing Saudi atrocities?

A: With regard to Yemen, the UN has been part of the problem and not part of the solution. The UNSC resolution #2216 on Yemen is an example of an international system which is all but broken, if aimed at protecting and preserving peace.

When the resolution was adopted on April 15Th 2015, the bombing campaign against the civilian population of Yemen had lasted for three weeks without UN authorization, in breach of International law. The resolution text, however, did not even mention that attack, and almost nothing was said about it during the council meeting.

The resolution disregards the UN Charter itself by ignoring Yemen's sovereign rights, according to Article 2 (1): "The Organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its members."

The remaining paragraphs in Article 2 underscore the fundamental principles of equality, sovereignty and their implications.

The draft resolution was presented to the UNSC by Jordan, member of the coalition of aggression, hence fundamentally biased, turning the concepts of aggressor and victim upside down. The adopted UNSC Resolution #2216 effectively served as a green light for the Saudi-led aggressor coalition to proceed with the onslaught on Yemen, while at the same time imposing an arms embargo on the "Houthis" which has been used as a pretext for taking the civilian population as hostage: It has been enforced by a naval blockade which drastically hampers the vital supply of food and humanitarian aid. The UNSC Resolution #2216 has thus served as, and continues to serve as, a catalyst of the catastrophically deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen.

Q: The airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition have mostly killed Yemeni civilians, including thousands of women and children. What do you see as the reason for the airstrikes targeting civilians?

A: Civilians are deliberately targeted. To avoid an outcry from the world opinion, the number of victims is downplayed. The constant number of about '10000' civilians has been circulating for some years. Does that mean that the killing has stopped? Of course not. Furthermore, by some twisted logic, only those killed by bombs are counted as victims of war, not counting those dead from imposed starvation and cholera epidemics. Taking all these into account the Yemeni catastrophe ranges in the hundreds of thousands of victims.

The world opinion and civilized nations must demand an immediate stop to this carnage and destruction, and in particular demand an immediate stop to the military assault on the port city of Hodeidah, the only life line for the starving population of Yemen.


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Turkey to Use Intercepted Saudi Comms to Demolish Khashoggi Cover-up

FARSNEWS2018/11/17
Report: Turkey to Use Intercepted Saudi Comms to Demolish Khashoggi Cover-up
TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkey has a complete record of communications in and out of Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate in the week of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, a senior Turkish source told Middle East Eye (MEE). The communications will be used to tear apart Riyadh's latest version of the killing.

The recordings, MEE has learned, have given Turkey a detailed picture of the various operatives, teams and missions issued from Saudi Arabia, and the contents of the communications, the source said, will turn the screw on a Saudi leadership that has sought to insulate itself from the scandal.

According to the source, Turkey intends to drip feed the information gleaned from the communications to the media, as it has been doing ever since Khashoggi was brutally murdered by a team of 15 Saudis on October 2.

The Khashoggi-related conversations that Turkish intelligence intercepted began when the Washington Post columnist first came to his country’s consulate on September 28 in an attempt to get papers required to remarry.

The plan to kill Khashoggi, who was told to return to the consulate four days later, began to be hatched the moment he left the building, the source added.

“We know what happened in the consulate from the day Jamal stepped inside on Friday 28 September, to three days after the murder on 2 October,” the source told MEE.

“We know when the teams arrived, what they discussed with the consul-general, how they prepared themselves, how they were divided into groups, what mission each group had,” the source added.

Key conversations, the source said, were those between Consul-General Mohammad al-Otaibi and Saudi security attache Ahmed Abdullah al-Muzaini.

Muzaini has so far been spared much of the spotlight. It is unknown if he is one of at least 21 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia.

But Turkish newspaper Sabah, which is close to the government, has described Muzaini as the brains behind the plot.

On the day of Khashoggi’s murder, the conversations of one man are especially important.

MEE understands that Maher Abdulaziz Mutrib, the leader of the death squad sent to kill the journalist, made 19 calls to Riyadh on October 2.

Four of those, MEE has learned, were to Saoud al-Qahtani, top aide to Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS).

According to the senior Turkish source, Qahtani was running the operation from the crown prince’s office.

The mission had been signed off by deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri, but operations were largely in Qahtani’s hands, the source noted.

Both Assiri and Qahtani have been removed from their positions and are implicated in the Saudi prosecutor’s latest version of events, which was released on Thursday.

Puzzling to the Turkish source, however, is US intelligence’s knowledge of a phone conversation between Mutrib and Riyadh, where the team leader is apparently heard saying “tell your boss” following Khashoggi’s death.

Those words, which were apparently accompanied by “the deed is done”, were relayed to the New York Times by US intelligence officials.

MEE’s source, who is familiar with all the information Turkey has on the Khashoggi case, said the US’s intelligence expertise and spying technology may have allowed it to reveal more from audio shared between the two countries.

When CIA Chief Gina Haspel visited Turkey on October 23 for consultations over Khashoggi, she apparently arrived with a team of some 35 people.

Amongst them were experts in deciphering recordings, linguists, people familiar with the Saudi accent and people who could enhance audio, the source said.

Turkish intelligence officers were surprised when their US counterparts revealed the “boss” conversation, having missed that in the communications.

But according to the source, they told the Americans it was almost certainly Qahtani that Mutrib was talking to.

The Turks will listen to the tapes again, the source stated, and see what else was missed in the audio’s distortion.

Turkey’s understanding of Saudi movements and plans does not end on October 5, however.

According to the source, on October 15, the day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi Arabia's King Salman spoke by phone, Riyadh dispatched two men to Istanbul tasked with covering up the murder.

“After the first phone call between Erdogan and King Salman, Erdogan accepted King Salman’s offer to establish a joint security investigation,” the source said, adding that “the Saudis immediately sent a 15-man team. Two of these were people whose only mission was to destroy the evidence”.

On Monday, Sabah reported that a chemist, Ahmad Abdulaziz Aljanobi, and toxicology expert, Khaled Yahya al-Zahrani, were among an 11-man “cover-up” team sent by Saudi Arabia to Istanbul on October 11.

However, MEE’s Turkish source understands that these two men were part of the second cover-up team, which only arrived after Erdogan and King Salman’s phone call. MEE could not independently verify this claim.

Turkey knew these men were arriving, the source noted, and were aware of the task set out for them.

FARSNEWS2018/11/17
Turkish Official: Khashoggi's Head in Riyadh
TEHRAN (FNA)- Recently collected intel shows that head of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist killed by Saudi Arabia in Istanbul last month, has been sent to the Crown Prince MbS in Riyadh, a senior Turkish official disclosed according to a well-known Arab media outlet.

The Arabic-language Khalij Online newspaper quoted an unnamed senior Turkish official as saying on Saturday that Khashoggi was beheaded and his head was sent to Riyadh and other parts of his dismembered body are in Turkey.

"After killing and dismembering Khashoggi's body by the Saudi team, it is not yet clear how his head was transferred to Riyadh, either via plane or via road or sea," it added.

The Turkish official referred to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's special bodyguard Mahir Mutrib, saying that he was one of the main culprits behind the crime and his luggage was not checked at Turkey's airport as he has diplomatic passport and his private plane was not inspected due to diplomatic impunity.

Khashoggi, a frequent contributor to The Washington Post, was killed on October 2 inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

After weeks of denying involvement, the Kingdom admitted Khashoggi had been killed inside the consulate but claimed the Saudi royal family had no prior knowledge of any plot to murder the journalist.

So far, 18 people --- including security officers --- have been arrested in Saudi Arabia in connection with the murder.

Washington and Riyadh are making utmost efforts to exonerate Mohammed bin Salman but evidences have been found of his involvement in the crime.
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命令されて殺害実行の報奨が「死刑」 これ以上にひどい話はない

FARSNEWS2018/11/15
Saudi Top Prosecutor Seeks Death Penalty in Khashoggi Murder.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi Arabia's Attorney General announced that the kingdom is seeking the death penalty for five people involved in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saud al-Mojeb told a news conference in Riyadh on Thursday that five men ordered drugging and dismemberment of Khashoggi after "talks with him failed" inside the country's consulate in Turkish city of Istanbul, Al-Jazeera reported.

He added that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was not implicated in the gruesome murder that caused global outrage.

Mojeb stated that Khashoggi was killed on October 2 by a lethal injection dose, and his body was dismembered and taken out of the building.

Last month, Istanbul's chief prosecutor announced that Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the consulate and that his body was dismembered, in the first official comments on the case.

The kingdom has stated that it arrested 18 people and dismissed five senior government officials as part of an investigation into Khashoggi's killing.

Ankara, meanwhile, seeks extradition of the suspects.

FARSNEWS2018/11/15
Turkey Not Satisfied with Saudi Prosecutor's Comments on Khashoggi
TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country was not satisfied with the Saudi Attorney General's latest account of events leading up to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Cavusoglu reiterated that the murder was premeditated and that equipment was brought into Turkey to dismember the body, Al-Jazeera reported.

He repeated Ankara's demand that the 15-man team involved in his murder be "tried in accordance with Turkish law" and said that those ordering and carrying out Khashoggi's killing "need to be uncovered".

"Turkish law is applicable in this case, even though the murder took place in the Saudi Consulate," he added.

Saudi Arabia's Attorney General has said the kingdom is seeking the death penalty for five people involved in the murder of the Washington Post columnist.

Saud al-Mojeb told a news conference in Riyadh that five men ordered drugging and dismemberment of Khashoggi after "talks with him failed" inside the country's consulate in Istanbul.

He added that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, also known as MbS, was not implicated in the gruesome murder that caused global outrage.

FARSNEWS2018/11/17
Arab Daily: Riyadh Plans to Hang Agents to Insulate MbS from Khashoggi's Death
TEHRAN (FNA)- A leading Arabic-language newspaper wrote that Saudi Arabia wants to exonerate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman by hanging a number of agents who killed and dismembered prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month.

The Arabic-language al-Quds al-Arabi quoted Turkish sources as saying on Saturday that Ankara is concerned that Saudi Arabia will execute the agents behind Khashoggi's assassination in a bid to protect bin Salman against any responsibility.

It added that Turkey considers the move as part of a scheme to ruin evidence and documents proving who had ordered Khashoggi's assassination.

According to the paper, the decision to execute 5 agents who were directly involved in Khashoggi's killing was made by Saudi Arabia one day after the Turkish foreign minister said that Khashoggi's case should be studied at an international court.

After weeks of denying involvement, the Kingdom admitted Khashoggi had been killed inside the consulate but claimed the Saudi royal family had no prior knowledge of any plot to murder the journalist.

So far, 18 people --- including security officers --- have been arrested in Saudi Arabia in connection with the murder.

Washington and Riyadh are making utmost attempts to exonerate Mohammed bin Salman but evidences have been found of his involvement in the crime.

Saudi Arabia threatened five of its agents with the death penalty on Thursday for killing Khashoggi, as the kingdom changed its story, again, about how the crime was committed and continued to try to distance its de facto ruler, bin Salman, from any responsibility.

Announcing an update on the kingdom’s own investigation, the public prosecutor portrayed the killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as an improvised decision taken at the last minute by a team that had been dispatched there with orders to retrieve him.
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