Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Lack of Khashoggi intelligence forges 'unusual alliance' in the Senate

Lack of Khashoggi intelligence forges 'unusual alliance' in the Senate

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would provide an additional $131 million for food aid in Yemen.

"The Saudis have gone off the rails". Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says he believes there is potential for a Central Intelligence Agency briefing next week for all Senators on Khashoggi. "So, a lot has changed in the last few months to get us to this point".

Pompeo told reporters after the briefing that there was no direct evidence connecting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Khashoggi's murder.

She says the federal government is reviewing its arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and adds while this review is underway no new export permits will be granted to the Kingdom.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

"Our security interests can not be dismissed", Mattis said, even as Washington seeks accountability for Khashoggi's murder, a crime which "our country does not condone".

Another focus of concern: the gruesome killing in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing columnist and critic of the crown prince.

The vote showed a significant number of Republicans were willing to break with Trump to express their deep dissatisfaction with Saudi Arabia and with the usa response to Khashoggi's brutal killing in Turkey last month.

He has also cast doubt on the CIA's reported conclusion that MBS was behind the killing. And several Republicans, including Corker, emphasized that they would not necessarily vote for the bill the next time around.

Should it ultimately pass the Senate it would have little chance of clearing the House this year. "But I'm voting on our ability to have a debate, as it relates to our ability to have a relationship with Saudi Arabia".

A man inspects rubble after a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, February 4, 2018.

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"If that status quo is threatened, if fake news threats against journalists become the norm, then we no longer live in the democratic society that we used to", Harnett said in an interview.

She also said that the prosecutor had asked Argentina's Foreign Ministry whether the crown prince's diplomatic status might allow a legal proceeding to go forward. "They said they are going to brief me, and I said appreciate it".

"They just had no good answers for why Gina Haspel wasn't there. By ending our participation in this brutal war, we will send an unambiguous message that we won't accept continued bloodshed". The war has killed more than 10,000 people and created the world's most urgent humanitarian emergency.

U.S. military support for the coalition includes intelligence sharing and training pilots to avoid strikes that risk civilian casualties.

Until recently, the US was providing air refueling for Saudi warplanes, but the American military has continued to provide intelligence to the Saudis in Yemen's civil war, which pits the ousted Yemeni government, backed by the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

"Did we enlist in this war?" One can find quite a few articles about MbS on their website ranging from the skeptical to the openly hostile, most of which concern the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. "We have oversight of these people".

"We are seldom free to work with unblemished partners", Mattis told senators. "There's a long and standing precedent for us taking these actions, and that's why we thought it necessary for us to do so".

One member of the group - the United States - has offered unwavering support of the prince.

"All we would achieve from an American drawdown is a stronger Iran and a reinvigorated Isis and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula", according to the excerpt.

"Try defending that outcome back home", he said.

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