Turkey issues arrest warrants for 2 Saudi aides over journalist's killing

Yasin Aktay an adviser to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with US actor Sean Penn in Ankara Turkey. Penn is in Turkey working on a documentary about the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate on Oct. 2 in Istanbul

Indeed, after Haspel's briefing, the groundswell of certainty and disgust will likely complicate the administration's efforts to protect the prince and its relationship with Saudi Arabia, even as lawmakers have yet to coalesce around a legislative response.

Members of the Senate's Committee on Foreign Relations did not mince words after the briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday.

The measure comes despite President Donald Trump's unwavering support for the crown prince. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Ed Markey, D-Mass.; Todd Young, R-Ind.; and Chris Coons, D-Del.

Saudi officials say the men acted on their own authority and did not receive instructions from bin Salman to murder Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident with legal residency in the United States.

Saudi Arabia has faced heightened pressure as a result of the murder of Khashoggi, a Saudi government critic and Washington Post columnist who was killed in the country's Istanbul consulate on 2 October.

Saudi authorities have previously said the agents who killed Khashoggi exceeded their authority.

Two weeks ago Trump said, "I don't know. The motion to proceed's going to pass, and we're going to be in a courageous new world", the Connecticut Democrat told Roll Call on Tuesday.

The murder has damaged Riyadh's global reputation and Western countries including the US, France and Canada have placed sanctions on almost 20 Saudi nationals.

Last week, Pompeo claimed there was no definitive evidence that MbS was behind Khashoggi's murder, while Mattis simply said there was "no smoking gun".

"It is wrong to suggest that maintaining US alliances consists of mutually exclusive choices between power and principles", he said.

Both were sacked after Riyadh admitted Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate.

Some 14 million people face starvation, and recent studies estimate 85,000 children under five have starved to death. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) resolution to end US military support for the Saudi kingdom's assault on Yemen. Blunt did attend a briefing on Khashoggi's death last month led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

The crown prince ordered and monitored the killing, Senator Bob Corker said. The next vote, a motion to proceed with the final vote, could come as soon as Thursday, Senate aides told Foreign Policy.

"I think they are tired of him being the only person - they can not play anybody else against him - and that is, I think, one of the reasons that made the United States reaction to the murder greater, because now there is only one person to go to, there is only one address in Riyadh, and that is MBS". If it advances beyond that, senators have an opportunity to debate and add amendments to the resolution before a final vote.

"I think there is an American desire to keep this at a certain level, to contain it within a balanced level, to allow the USA to project its power and to create greater advantage vis-a-vis the relationship with the Saudi government".

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