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Khashoggi's Murder & Global Implications.

The grisly murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's Istanbul Consulate on Oct. 2 turned this Washington Post columnist into a victim of the Wahhabi kingdom's Crown Prince, Muhammad ibn Salman (MiS). Having internationally been seen as the architect-behind-the-scene of Khashoggi's murder, MiS has become known as a toxic element globally condemned as a merciless tyrant. MiS was called "a murderer par excellence" - to quote a top expert who previously was foreign minister of France and did not want his name to be mentioned in this report.

An honest journalist, Khashoggi on Oct. 2 was given a pill which got him to fall asleep for a while when he was killed by a blow to his head, with his body immediately sawed into pieces that were put in several boxes and taken out of the consulate. The murder operation was carried out by three of 15 men flown from Riyadh to Istanbul. Soon there-after they flew back to Riyadh. The 15 men, including professional killers and intelligence agents, belonged to MiS.

Khashoggi had been terrified by MiS since 2017. A 33-year-old ruling son of the old and ailing King Salman ibn Abdul-Aziz, MiS now is described as a dangerously-rash person capable of going to the extreme in any direction - even in getting people killed as in the case of Khashoggi.

On the home front, MiS imposed strict silence about Khashoggi's death. But his aides on Oct 13 issued a brief threat, warning the US and Turkish governments of rarely severe Saudi retaliation if any of them continued to publicly charge MiS or Riyadh of involvement in Khashoggi's death. Then, however, Riyadh switched to damage control so safeguard Riyadh's vital alliance with Washington (see News Service No.

To begin with, Khashoggi was an extremely sensitive person, a divorced but loving father of three boys sent to Istanbul in a programme to get them proper up-bringing and education. His family is of Turkish origin. Himself, Jamal in early 2017 became an insecure man as he felt that he and his moves were being closely watched by MiS men. For his own security, Khashoggi left to Washington to live under private protection.

Khashoggi had just begun to work as a columnist for the Washington Post daily newspaper. But he was extremely careful in his writing, acutely aware of being watched clandestinely by MiS detectives. He told a close friend that MiS was getting Khashoggi's every move watched through these figures including privately contracted men and women reporting directly to the MiS office.

Khashoggi also complained that even his three children were being watched in Istanbul and later he had them flown to Washington to be under his personal care.

Muhammad Khaled Khashoggi (born in 1889 & died in 1978) also spelt as Mohamed Khaled Khashoggi, was a Saudi medical doctor. He was King Abdul-Aziz al-Saud's personal physician. His clan originally lived in the Turkish city Kayseri. Their family surname means "spoon maker" (Ka??kc?) in the Turkish language. He was married to Samiha Ahmed (Setti) and had several children, including Adnan Khashoggi (a billionaire once described as the richest businessman in the world but later becoming far less wealthy). His siblings included Issam Khashoggi, Samira Khashoggi, and Suheir Khashoggi. His grand-children included Dodi Fayed, as well as Imad Khashoggi and Jamal Khashoggi.

Muhammad Khashoggi was expelled from Medina along with his family and brother Abdullah Khashoggi, who was working as a Muhtaseb, by the members of the Committee of Union and Progress during the Siege of Medina in 1918, where-upon they settled in Damascus. Later on, Muhammad Khashoggi studied medicine in Damascus and became a surgeon. He then went to Paris to study Radiation Therapy, later he went to Mecca to open his private clinic.

He moved to Riyadh to work at the Ministry of Health where he brought in Egyptian doctors to work in Saudi Arabia. In the 1970s, he went to live in Beirut, Lebanon, but left for London in 1974. That was after the emergence of the Lebanese Civil War. Eventually, he went back to Riyadh where he died while undergoing surgery. He was buried in Medina.

Writing about Khashoggi's dis-appearance and re-appearance was Frederick Kempe in CNBC. Kempe is a best-selling US author and member of some of America's most influential think-tanks on global affairs and publisher of highly-regarded reports published Atlantic Council's magazine.

A US official briefed by Turkish counterparts on Oct. 8 was reported as saying Khashoggi's body was dis-membered, with his body's pieces removed in boxes and flown out of Istanbul and out of Turkey. Reports about the murder sent a jolt across the globe. But the situation in Saudi Arabia generally was calm with conversations about Khashoggi's disappearance remaining strictly confidential at least until Oct. 18. The Saudi government has so far refrained from issuing related official announcements, apart from denying any involvement in his death.
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Publication:APS Diplomat Operations in Energy Diplomacy
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Date:Oct 18, 2018
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