While there is no argument that the Middle East has long been in the midst of modern turmoil, the death of Jamal Khashoggi could further imperil the region.
Khashoggi, a journalist with a knack for annoying the Saudi royal family with his reporting, has been killed in a horrific and gruesome manner within the Saudi consulate in Turkey weeks ago. The Saudi government has been reacting with a number of conflicting stories about what happened to Khashoggi, and were caught attempting to use a body double to hoax Khashoggi leaving the consulate for the purpose of throwing off investigators.
The nature of the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia makes the Khashoggi case a particularly difficult one for US President Donald Trump to comment on, at least, diplomatically.
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In Turkey, however, the likely discovery of Khashoggi’s remains has politicians a bit more animated.
Body parts belonging to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found, according to two Sky sources.
The sources have told Sky News the writer had been “cut up” and his face “disfigured”.
One source also suggested Mr Khashoggi’s remains were discovered in the garden of the Saudi consul general’s home – situated around 500 metres away from the consulate.
From before the discovery of the body parts:
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had promised the “naked truth” about the killing, said: “Why has the body of someone who was officially said to be killed not been found yet?”
The Turkish president called on Saudi Arabia to hold those responsible to account in a dramatic speech to Parliament.
He described the journalist’s killing as ‘murder’ – the first time this accusation has been made by a named Turkish politician – and he went further, saying the killing was premeditated and planned days before.
Now the world will sit and wait for the official story to adjust to this new discovery, all the while reminding ourselves that banishing Saudi Arabia from the global community, or even reprimanding them, could have dire economic consequences for all who are involved.