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#Saudi actors who ordered #Khashoggi's death were aware he wanted his divorce paper, but hadn't anticipated his fiancee's call to Aktay which had some swift consequences. Turkish authorities searched one of the planes leaving with part of the murder team, but found nothing. /1
"Turkish intelligence agency MIT decided to review an audio-visual feed fr inside the consulate"... Grisly details ... suggest that Khashoggi was tortured then killed soon after entering the consulate" /2 cnn.com/2018/10/19/mid…
Had Hatice Cengiz not been there to call Aktay, the Turks wouldn't have suspected as soon as they did, that #Khashoggi had been killed. The info. about that clandestine AV feed was leaked over the week as the Saudis were swift to deny & slow to cooperate with the investigation./3
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💣Complicit💣

Let this sink in...

Kush urged Trump to stand by MBS, & argued that outrage over Khashoggi’s brutal murder “will pass, like the kidnapping of Lebanon’s PM & the killing of a busload of children by a Saudi airstrike.

📌WH had TS SIGINT in advance of killing.
💣Complicit2💣

Saudi Arabia is putting money in Trump’s pocket. Is that shaping U.S. policy?

"It certainly looks that way to me," Trump said as he departed from Joint Base Andrews. "It's very sad. Certainly looks that way."

📌Rumor has it MBS & Kush chat via WhatsApp! #SIGINT
💣Complicit3💣

📌CT:”Trump (& some adult family) negotiated a deal w/ the Saudis and the Emiratis for 3.6 billion to get rid of Iran nuclear deal & reimpose sanctions.

The payment was made in two installments.

📌The first last year & the second earlier in 2018”

#Complicit
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What happened to prominent journalist #JamalKhashoggi while he was abroad, has to make you ask what happens to #Saudis who aren’t prominent inside the kingdom and away from public scrutiny. bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
“Talking costs you dearly now,” one Saudi academic said in August after declining to meet with a Bloomberg News reporter. #Saudi
The number of asylum-seekers from #Saudi Arabia with pending cases has more than doubled since Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman began rise to power: from 575 in 2015—the year MBS publicly began his rise to power—to 1,256 in 2017, according to the UN.
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The Muslim Brotherhood, Nazis and Al-Qaeda (PART 1)
By: John Loftus
Jewish Community News | Monday, October 04, 2004
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1-It’s very obvious that issue is not the disappearance of #JamalKhasoggi while Saudi is very concerned about the whereabouts and safety of Jamal. The story is much bigger than that The media hysteria and coordinated efforts by the leftist mainstream media, #Qatar and the leaks.
2- the mainstream Stream media is publishing stories based on Unverified leaks. I wonder why no one in the media contact Mr. #JamalKhoshoggi family or his ex wife or current wife. Why the Focus is only to the so called fiancé.
3- the amount of mess information coming out of #Turkey is very suspicious. 4 groups are working hard to destroy Saudi reputation, social and economic reforms. #qatar #MuslimBrotherhood #Turkey finally the international left.
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It is all well & good that companies & lobbyists are reassessing #Saudi Arabia over reported murder of #JamalKhashogg. BUT! Where the fuck have all these people and firms been for decades? The violations of the #Saudi monarchy have never been a secret. nyti.ms/2CcsOjL
Glad to see people pay attention, finally, and I wish it hadn’t been over such a gruesome crime. I wish people and firms had started boycotting #Saudi royal family over its gender apartheid that affects all women there. Or the #Yemen war. Or jails full of activists. Or. And. Or.
This was my first oped about #Saudi Arabia for a US newspaper - ironically enough, The Washington Post. Fifteen schoolgirls had died in a fire because religious police wouldn’t let them out because the girls weren’t wearing a cloak and a headscarf washingtonpost.com/archive/opinio…
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1.#Trump was involved with #SaudiArabia early on, since at least the 1990´s,
In 1991 #Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal purchased #Trump’s yacht, #Trump Princess

#Trump #SaudiArabia #BinLaden #Russia

buzzfeednews.com/article/andrew…
2.#Trump was forced to either surrender it to creditors or sell it because he was roughly $900 million in debt

#Trump #SaudiArabia #BinLaden #Russia

nytimes.com/1991/12/31/bus…
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#Khashoggi Case Thread: I am going to ‘pin’ this post to use it as an ‘Info Thread’ on the #Khashoggi Case. I am in #Turkey. I’ve been following the case closely and with access to sources & experts here. This is a very ‘sensitive’ criminal case due to ‘Diplomatic Booby Traps’!!!
The Evidence Obtained Outside Cameras will not show any evidence of ‘tempering’ but other than license plates of dozens of diplomatic cars (Many with tinted windows-large trunks) with related time stamp, drivers Info, model/year: Nothing.
#Turkish Intel-Investigative Bodies also have the list of all Diplomatic & Private Saudi & “other significant’ Planes in #Turkey for the period of ‘interest.’ Many of the Target airports have their own security cameras & related evidence.
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I have barely slept.I have been unable to stop thinking about #JamalKhashoggi. I knew him from when we both were columnists for #Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat b4 I was banned.We met just once, I think. But reports yest of his killing came same day as #Kavanaugh & my worlds collided
Trump has emboldened so many dictators,esp Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman.With so much attention been sucked up by US,the killing of Jamal,who wasn’t an esp outspoken critic,is sure to embolden regimes further & signal to dissidents & opponents that their harm will go unnoticed
To think that you could go to your country’s consulate to get paperwork for an upcoming wedding and be killed and dismembered because of your writing is horrific. It’s evil. And to know that the regime responsible for that has a best friend in the most powerful country in earth!
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Thread on #Saudi meddling in #Yemen's internal affairs. Listed and in chronological order. Keep this in mind, next time some nutjob on the news rants about supposed "Iranian meddling" in regards to Yemen.
- Saudi-Yemeni War of 1934, dispute over regional ownership ends with #Saudi Arabia annexing the Yemeni provinces of Najran, Jizan and Asir. Saudi Arabia held Hodeidah city occupied and threatened to cut off food supplies as blackmail.
- Saudi support for the Kingdom of Yemen during the 1962 Republican revolution. Imam Ahmad bin Yahya was dethroned because of corruption and for transforming the legitimate imamate into a monarchy. What followed was 5 years of brutal civil war.
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According to this sheik, we're living in the end times.
History will repeat... Maybe?
This is a healthy advice!
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1. The #Iran Action Group created by @SecPompeo last month released its report. Iran's role in the region, which other administrations overlooked, appears to be under intense scrutiny. #Houthis in #Yemen have been identified alongside groups responsible for attacks against the US
2. The report stated that consequences of #Iran's meddling include its lethal ballistic missiles, which advanced its proxies military capabilities: "Yemen’s #Houthi militants have fired numerous ballistic missiles into #Saudi Arabia, including two directed at Riyadh in May 2018."
3. The report also indicated that since 2012: "#Iran has spent over $16 billion propping up the #Assad regime and supporting its other partners and proxies in #Syria, #Iraq, and #Yemen."
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Senior adviser to Emirati Crown Prince/dictator Mohammad bin Zayed in response to the Ahvaz terrorist attacks:

"Taking the battle into the depths of #Iran is an option that has already been declared, and will increase in the next steps."
Regional dictatorships have decisively helped shape the Trump admin's #Iran policy.

What are their aims? To provoke an escalatory reaction from Iran that will get them what they've always wanted: the US to go to war against Iran.

Iran must not fall for the bait.
While Obama tried to gain much-needed leverage w/ these dictatorships & engage #Iran, Trump has let them run the show.

#Saudis' 1st interest has been destroying any transnational movements that could threaten Saudi royals: whether pan-Arabism, Islamism, or liberal democracy
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Asking the US to stop funding the Saudi-led war in Yemen is like asking my heart to stop pumping blood to my left arm. (thread)
Yemen suffers the greatest humanitarian conflict today – including a record-breaking cholera outbreak and devastating bombardment by bomber jets that are fueled by the US.
Critics are calling for the US to end its support to this genocidal Saudi assault. Sure. But…this ignores the very roots of how the Saudi kingdom itself came into being.
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In order to truly understand the dynamic inside the #Syrian Armed Opposition, one must start to look into the ever closer marriage between the the Moslem Brotherhood and Nusra / al-Qaeda. Both have been joined at the hip through the sponsorship & support of #Qatar #Turkey ==>
2-Moslem Brotherhood (MB) lost its original military wing during the battle with the Syrian State in the 80’s. Best to think of Nusra/HTS/al-Qaeda in #Syria today as the new military wing of the M Brotherhood. One is the brain, the other represents arms & legs of the same body
3-The coordination between MB & Nusra/HTS/al-Qaeda has afforded the latter the chance to transform itself from non-state actor that had been hiding in the mountains of Afghanistan to an outfit with clear lines of communications to regional capitals that are supporting the MB
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Excellent appointment by @SecPompeo, hoisting up @WashInstitute's Amb. Jim Jeffrey as the new Special Representative for #Syria Engagement.

Key times ahead, vis-a-vis #Turkey, #Idlib, #Manbij, and potentially a renewed political process.
@SecPompeo @WashInstitute #pt: As #JimJeffrey is sworn in today, the U.S. is 48-72hrs away from initiating training of #Turkey’s armed forces in order to begin joint patrols around #Manbij.

American weapons & equipment already in #Turkey.

voanews.com/a/us-turkish-f…
@SecPompeo @WashInstitute BIG - The U.S. looks to be staying in #Syria - thanks to $300m of funding from other @coalition partners, including #Saudi, which will offset #Trump’s $200m cut from stabilization.

Recent DIA/DOD estimates on #ISIS also indicate a military intent to sustain a necessary mission.
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Twelveth anniversary of the divine victory. #Lebanon #Hezbollah #Israel
Here he is. #Nasrallah
The crowd is chanting 'Abu Hadi'.
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#Burkas are like wearing a crusifix&should b defended,said Scots leader liberal+lesbian,irresponsibly ignoring that a crusifix is a symbol of #Christianity,which holds t western civilisation,while #nijab is a symbol of oppression enforced recently in #Islam by the #Saudi #Wahhabi
#Liberals accusing #Iranian govt of"oppressing women" who must wear a lose scarf,but do not protest against the #Saudi #Wahhabi reactionary dogma,while it's creeping as political #Islam to combat western #civilisation at the end.If it's sounds like fiction,think Saudi investments
Serious problem wth "western civilisation"mental health.Giving up easily to full veil wearing wthout asking what the cover symbolises,wthout questioning why it came from archaic #Saudi #Wahhabi #Sharia #Regime by force,is👉rejection of progressive western values.Period
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1/#Saudi_expels_Canadian_ambassador

Why did Samar go back #KSA after fleeing on fear of death?

Why did @JustinTrudeau use public tweets rather than diplomacy?

What changed for @JustinTrudeau in last few days?

Why not do same with Iran, China + another 100 barbaric countries?
2/

Why didn’t @JustinTrudeau line up ANY allies to shore up support for Canada. USA/UK/France Etc?

Did @JustinTrudeau give a heads up to @realDonaldTrump?

Why did @JustinTrudeau just give $50M to Palestine -who is supporting #SaudiaArabia?

Did @JustinTrudeau even know?
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If its strategic direction why didn’t @JustinTrudeau do as he’s done with #KinderMorgan declare #EnergyEast as National Interest pipeline and stop buying #saudi oil

#RaifBadawi sentenced for blogging against Islam. Why did @JustinTrudeau pass M-103 which is lighter version
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I want to say something about the issue of #Saudi students in Canada likely being relocated.

I worked at a language school in the US, some years ago. We had Saudi male and female students. All of the female students had a guardian - brother, husband, sometimes cousin. 1/
We worked very hard to be culturally sensitive, and our students very much reciprocated.

But students are students. There was a male student who... never came to class. Never did any work. Repeated levels over and over again.

Problem was, he was a guardian for his sister. 2/
She was a diligent student, not top of the class, but diligent.

It got to the point where her brother was going to flunk out of school, and with that likely have to return to KSA.

Only... he wouldn't be going alone. He'd take his sister with him. 3/
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#Saudi Arabia says #Canada's statement on the arrest of activists in the Kingdom is an unacceptable interference in its internal affairs, expels the Canadian ambassador and freezes all future trade. bbc.in/2vs6crl
"In her first public response to Saudi Arabia's actions, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Monday: 'Let me be very clear ... Canada will always stand up for human rights in Canada and around the world, and women's rights are human rights'." aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/s…
Direct investment was already down in #Saudi Arabia after some of the recent disturbances; this spat with #Canada is unlikely to help. on.wsj.com/2OgITYl
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#BREAKING : Saudi Arabian Airlines is now suspending all flights to and from #Toronto effective next Monday 13th August 2018 #Canada #KSA
Flights are getting suspended #RIYADH to / from #TORONTO
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AND NOW: #Saudi Arabian agency stops buying Canadian #wheat, barley
#Canada #KSA
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Fascinating, in-depth reporting by @AP on the #Saudi-#UAE coalition’s complex dealing with #AQAP in #Yemen.

- Key thought: this is the challenge #AQAP (& Nusra/#HTS in #Syria) poses, by embedding into & reflecting broader local dynamics.

apnews.com/f38788a561d74c…
@AP #pt: Just like #HTS in #Syria, #AQAP in #Yemen is not a wholly contiguous organization of committed global jihadis - it's strengthened itself by embracing local drivers & structures.

=> That provides opportunities for counter-actors, but they require [some] engagement to do so.
@AP #pts: Another parallel to #Syria is seen in how the extent of localism embraced by #AQAP may in fact have weakened its long-term durability; by leaving large swathes of fighters vulnerable to cooptation by adversaries/rivals.

For more, see @Dr_E_Kendall:

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Robert Fisk’s latest “EXCLUSIVE” reveals just how little he knows about #Syria's opposition, its foreign relations & support networks.

Gloss over inaccuracies & he’s “revealed” what we've known for yrs - #Saudi backed the multilateral MOC, arming #FSA.
independent.co.uk/voices/syria-w…
#pt: #Saudi was a principle backer of the MOC; a multilateral structure created to centrally coordinate armed support to [extensively] pre-vetted #FSA groups in northern #Syria.

120mm M75 mortars were one of many systems provided through MOC channels - inc. to units in #Aleppo.
#pt: The purchase of arms from E. European states by countries backing #MOC (& #MOM in the south) has been extensively documented - it’s not a secret.

+ #Fisk’s portrayal of #Aleppo in late-2016 is insanely inaccurate - #ISIS had *0* presence & #Nusra was about 1% of fighters.
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