Was Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi a victim of Middle East rivalry?

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"The feeling of being safe is a rare feeling for those who oppose these tyrannical regimes", he said. "We call for an independent global investigation to determine as quickly as possible what has happened to Khashoggi".

Jamal Khashoggi, 59, has not been heard from his fiance nor coworkers after his disappearance on October 2. He cited the example of an Egyptian TV programme that in September called for him and two other Egyptian opposition figures to be killed. "They played him like a dolt". Oh, this encouragement to kill. "They want to destroy the state".

Nour said he had lodged a complaint over the broadcast with the Attorney General's office, but no action has yet been taken. Robin Wright, a scholar at the Wilson Center think tank and close friend of the missing writer, said that's unlikely to change. "This is my decision and my destiny". I received an answer that further fuelled my fears: Jamal had already left, they told me, possibly without my noticing.

A self-confessed "liberal", Nour previously founded the El-Ghad party in Egypt, but left following the 2013 coup.

The Post has obtained video recordings and other evidence showing how a group of 15 Saudi operatives entered the country on October 2, the day Mr. Khashoggi visited the consulate.

They then dismembered Khashoggi's body with a "bone saw" that was brought over from Saudi Arabia for that goal. They have provided no evidence of his departure. He had already applied to become a U.S. citizen, according to an op-ed in the Post by his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting for him outside the consulate on 2 October when he disappeared.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, published critical pieces of the Saudi government and exiled himself to Virginia.

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USA intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture Khashoggi before he vanished, according to the Post, which cited two people familiar with the information. Saudi officials haven't acknowledged that.

A former USA intelligence official - who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter - noted that the details of the operation, which involved sending two teams totaling 15 men, in two private aircraft arriving and departing Turkey at different times, bore the hallmarks of a "rendition", in which someone is extralegally removed from one country and deposited for interrogation in another.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stopped short of accusing Riyadh of killing Khashoggi, but the Times' report says he dispatched officials to speak anonymously to media outlets.

Nauert said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other USA diplomats have been engaged on the issue and that Trump himself - he said Tuesday he "knows nothing" about what happened to Khashoggi - intends to speak to the Saudis.

The agreement reached with the US over Manbij province in northern Syria has not completely ended, however, it is moving slower than expected, Erdoğan said, regarding the deal reached with Washington for the withdrawal of the People's Protection Units (YPG), the PKK terrorist organization's Syria affiliate.

Riyadh and Ankara have also differed on the subject of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where Saudi Arabia has unofficially backed the so-called United States "deal of the century", whereas Turkey has condemned the Trump administration's attempt to "force a deal on the Palestinians".

The crisis comes as Turkey's economy is in crisis and it is isolated in the Middle East and among its allies, including with the United States over Syria policy and the detention of an American pastor.