Trump 'demanding' answers from Saudis on Jamal Khashoggi case

Turkish sources believe Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, acknowledged the case - if Saudi responsibility is confirmed - could complicate the USA strategy to contain Iran, in its bid to gain influence throughout the Middle East. He must then report to the Senate within 120 days with a determination and a decision on the imposition of sanctions. He served as an adviser to senior Saudi officials.

Turkish sources have said they believe Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi policies, was killed inside the mission.

Saudi officials denied the allegations, saying the well-known opposition journalist left the building through another exit.

They urged Trump to consider any information in the investigation "including with respect to the highest ranking officials in the Government of Saudi Arabia".

"We don't know what happened", he said. "We want to see what's going on".

"We can not let this happen to reporters, to anybody", Mr Trump said on Wednesday.

The Saudi government asserted that Khashoggi left the premises shortly after his visit. The administration's Middle East agenda heavily depends on the Saudis, including efforts to counter Iranian influence in the region, fight extremism and build support for its yet-to-be-released plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

The case surrounding the missing Washington Post columnist who disappeared after entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, raised more concerns in the U.S. after mounting evidence suggested he was murdered during the visit.

Corker says, "the Saudis have a lot of explaining to do because all indications are that they have been involved at minimum with his disappearance".

"Riyadh is our only rational (Arab) partner because they agree with most of our long-term goals", said Hussein Ibish, with the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday evening that USA intelligence intercepts outlined a Saudi plan to detain Khashoggi.

There are also reports that Turkish intelligence is in possession of a video showing Khashoggi's murder.

Turkish media have published images of an alleged 15-member Saudi "assassination squad" and video of suspicious movements at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul following journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance a week ago.

Turkish spokesman Hami Aksoy said authorities are "open to cooperation" and willing to examine the consulate grounds, though it was not clear when a search would take place. CCTV footage showed him entering the building.

At least 15 Saudi journalists and bloggers have been arrested over the past year, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Wednesday, following the disappearance of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkish NTV broadcast videos of what it said were the men arriving at the airport and checking into one hotel, as well as videos of what it said was a large van arriving at the consul general's residence two hours after Khashoggi had entered the consulate. A search would be an extraordinary development, as embassies and consulates under the Vienna Convention are technically foreign soil and must be protected by host nations. Saudi Arabia may have agreed to the search in order to reassure its Western allies and the global community.

Both Turkey and Saudi Arabia are allies on the US.

There was a detailed plan to entice Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, according to the Post, which cites intelligence documents outlined by US officials.

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