Reportedly a Saudi tiger hit squad was formed in 2017 by crown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) to covertly assassinate regime critics internally and abroad.
Its existence is well known to US and other Western intelligence – comprised of dozens of highly skilled intelligence, security, and military operatives – loyal to MBS.
Methods include abductions and murders the way Khashoggi was eliminated; staged car, plane, or helicopter crashes; fires claiming targeted individuals, poisonings, or administering lethal injections during routine hospital or other medical visits.
Key MBS loyalists from his personal security detail reportedly run hit squad operations – taking orders either from him directly or someone relaying his instructions.
Jamal Khashoggi wasn’t the first kingdom critic targeted for elimination to silence them. According to Britain’s Express, he was killed to prevent his knowledge about kingdom use of chemical weapons, saying:
An unnamed source close to Khashoggi said
“he was about to obtain ‘documentary evidence,’ proving that Saudi Arabia had used chemical weapons in” Yemen, adding:
“I met him a week before his death. He was unhappy and he was worried. When I asked him why he was worried, he didn’t really want to reply, but eventually he told me he was getting proof that Saudi Arabia had used chemical weapons.”
“He said he hoped he’d be getting documentary evidence. All I can tell you is that the next thing I heard, he was missing.”
Separately, Britain’s Express said the
UK’s “General Intelligence Directorate revealed orders by a ‘member of the royal circle’ to abduct (Khashoggi) and take him back to Saudi Arabia.”
A UK intelligence source told the Express the following:
“We were initially made aware that something was going in the first week of September, around three weeks before Mr Khashoggi walked into the consulate on October 2, though it took more time for other details to emerge.”
“These details included primary orders to capture Mr Khashoggi and bring him back to Saudi Arabia for questioning. However, the door seemed to be left open for alternative remedies to what was seen as a big problem.”
“We know the orders came from a member of the royal circle but have no direct information” linking it directly to MBS. “Whether this meant he was not the original issuer we cannot say.”
“On October 1 (the day before Khashogg’s abduction and murder), we became aware of the movement of a group, which included members of Ri’āsat Al-Istikhbārāt Al-‘Āmah (GID hit squad) to Istanbul, and it was pretty clear what their aim was.”
“Through channels, we warned (Riyadh) that this was not a good idea. Subsequent events show that our warning was ignored.”
Earlier I explained that US-supported terrorists used sarin, chlorine, and other banned toxins numerous times through years of war – Damascus most often wrongfully blamed.
Barrels containing banned chemicals were found marked “Made in KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).” Protective masks were found. So were drugs used when inhaling chemicals.
Turkey was discovered shipping toxic sarin gas cross-border into Syria. Perhaps Jordan and Israel supplied CWs. Both countries support ISIS and other terrorist groups.
Pentagon contractors trained terrorists in CW use. A UN commission said US-supported terrorists had (and most certainly still have) deadly toxins in their possession.
Syrian forces earlier found munitions filled with toxic agents – produced by the US Federal Laboratories and NonLethal Technologies, as well as Britain’s Cherming Defense.
Western media suppress what’s vital to report, repeating the official narrative, blaming victims of aggression for US-dominated NATO’s high crimes, along with Israel’s, the Saudis, and terrorists they support.
Turkish authorities were reportedly dissatisfied with the Saudi chief prosecutor’s unwillingness to cooperate fully in supplying Ankara with information about Khashoggi, including the whereabouts of his allegedly dismembered body and name of a “local collaborator” who disposed of his remains.
Turkish investigators want permission to conduct another forensic search of the Istanbul consul-general’s residence.
Erdogan promised to reveal more information about the murder, including who ordered it.
It’s unclear precisely what he knows and how much he intends to make public.
A Final Comment
The US, other Western nations, Turkey, Israel, and other countries notoriously eliminate targeted individuals.
US assassinations of foreign leaders and other officials are longstanding. Obama had a secret kill list – by drones, death squads, or other means, appointing himself judge, jury and executioner.
Pompeo Statement, October 2017
Then-CIA director John Brennan carried out these operations on the phony pretext of combating terrorist groups the US created and controls.
It’s unclear how many individuals were eliminated. US special forces operate in 150 or more countries. CIA elements operate everywhere.
Langley and the Pentagon could likely teach the Saudis and thing or two about eliminating targeted individuals discretely.
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Award-winning author Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected]. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG)
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