Was Khashoggi sent to Istanbul by Embassy in DC?

Turkey believes journalist killed in Saudi consulate

The Washington Post reports a Turkish investigation has revealed that a group of about 15 Saudi men traveled to Istanbul to kill Khashoggi as he visited the consulate. It was not immediately clear whether the second plane, pictured here, which left Istanbul for Egypt, was also searched.

In March, the State Department approved a $670 million arms sale to Saudi Arabia, part of a promised $110 billion in deals touted by Trump after his first presidential trip to the Saudi capital a year ago.

It says the journalist left the consulate shortly after arriving, while Turkey says he was not seen leaving the building.

Saudi Arabia has made a number of demands on Qatar to end the crisis.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing writer who had been critical of the Salman government, has been living for a year in self-imposed exile in the United States after a Riyadh crackdown on dissent in the kingdom.

News on Tuesday published an off-air conversation with Khashoggi with a footnote, "We wouldn't normally broadcast an off-air conversation, but we've decided to make an exception, in light of the current circumstances".

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: "We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation". "If media reports prove correct we will treat the incident seriously - friendships depend on shared values", he added.

The Foreign Ministry said Saudi authorities have notified Ankara they are "open to co-operation" and will allow the consulate building to be searched.

When was he last seen?

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Since exactly one week ago, his fiancée and friends have been rallying outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where the journalist and prominent critic of the Kingdom's policies disappeared.

Nor has Turkey fully explained why officials fear Khashoggi has been killed.

"Our security officials are investigating the issue in every detail", Yasin, Aktay, an adviser to Erdogan, told CNN Turk on Sunday.

He moved to the United States more than a year ago, where he continued his commentary about his country both in print and on television.

Two senior administration officials said the administration has no verifiable information to confirm the Turkish government claims that Khashoggi was killed but that the U.S. is seeking answers about his whereabouts - and talking to senior levels of Saudi government.

Turkey said on Tuesday it will search the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as part of an investigation into the disappearance of a missing Saudi contributor to The Washington Post, a week after he vanished during a visit there. Saudi Arabia's consul-general told Reuters on Saturday his country was helping search for Khashoggi, and dismissed talk of his possible abduction.

Khashoggi has been missing since Tuesday when he had an appointment at the Saudi consulate to get papers needed to marry his Turkish fiancee. He wrote columns for the Washington Post and the Guardian.

Erdogan's comments were his most direct suggestion yet of potential Saudi culpability in Khashoggi's disappearance.

"Yes, this is of serious concern, the apparent enforced disappearance of Mr. Khashoggi from the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul", UN human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a Geneva news briefing.

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