Donald Trump: US 'very tough' in bid to find missing Jamal Khashoggi

The image taken from Turkey's Daily Sabah shows 15 Saudi operatives suspected of having killed Kamal Khashoggi upon his arrival at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Turkish officials believe Mr Khashoggi - a Saudi Washington Post columnist critical of the kingdom who was previously living in self-imposed exile in Washington - was killed shortly after he entered the consulate on October 2 seeking divorce papers.

Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday on conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt's show that the United States would send Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to the consulate to investigate if the Saudis requested it. The kingdom dismisses the allegation as "baseless". The video later shows some of the men leaving a hotel near the Saudi consulate and Khashoggi entering the consulate.

Mr Erdogan questioned whether it was "possible for there to be no camera systems" running at the building, the Turkish daily Hurriyet reports.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a business conference in Budapest, Hungary, October 9, 2018. "But I have to find out what happened", the president said.

Ankara wants to cooperate with Riyadh but Saudis must reciprocate, he said at a press briefing in Baghdad.

The Post reported late Wednesday that Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, ordered that Khashoggi, a prominent critic, be lured from his home in the us and detained. We want to see what is going on. Bob Corker of Tennessee that they "only livestream their tapes".

Two appeared to be members of the Saudi royal guard, pictured in a photograph next to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. He said his administration was pressing the Saudi government to reveal more about the incident.

The other six flew in on commercial flights, according to a list obtained by Sabah, which also published their names and faces.

The apparent outing of members of the Saudi security services will add to growing global pressure on the kingdom, which faces accusations from Turkey of having murdered and dismembered Mr Khashoggi when he went to the consulate on October 2. "And we're going to get to the bottom of it", Trump said.

Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee yesterday spoke of her "fear and concern" for his wellbeing. Khsashoggi was a prominent critic of the Saudi regime. Local media claim the men are part of a 15-strong hit squad, sent by Saudi Arabia, which includes special forces officers, intelligence officials and a forensics expert.

Signs of such a challenge began to emerge Monday night when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the Saudis to "support a thorough investigation of Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation".

Turkish prosecutors are already looking into the case.

Turkish media have identified more than a dozen suspects authorities believe killed a missing Saudi journalist inside Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul a week ago.

Erdogan said the kingdom has the responsibility to prove its claim that the missing Saudi journalist left the consulate alive.

Turkey says it will conduct a search of the Istanbul consulate, while Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry said the country was "open to co-operation" and a search of the building could go ahead. According to the images, a vehicle that went inside the consulate was then driven to the consul-general's residence nearby, around two hours after Mr Khashoggi had gone in.

The Post reported Wednesday evening that US intelligence intercepts outlined a Saudi plan to detain Khashoggi.

While he refused to comment on the intercepts, deputy State Department spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters that he could "say definitively the United States had no advance knowledge of [Khashoggi's] disappearance". Turkish officials say that three of them were members of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's elite close protection unit. You can't be killing Washington Post journalists.

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