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Sun Mar 17, 2019, 10:04 PM

NYT - It Wasn't Just Khashoggi: Saudi Crown Prince's Brutal Drive to Crush Dissent

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/17/world/middleeast/khashoggi-crown-prince-saudi.html

WASHINGTON Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia authorized a secret campaign to silence dissenters which included the surveillance, kidnapping, detention and torture of Saudi citizens over a year before the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, according to American officials who have read classified intelligence reports about the campaign.

At least some of the clandestine missions were carried out by members of the same team that killed and dismembered Mr. Khashoggi in Istanbul in October, suggesting that his killing was a particularly egregious part of a wider campaign to silence Saudi dissidents, according to the officials and associates of some of the Saudi victims.

Members of the team that killed Mr. Khashoggi, which American officials called the Saudi Rapid Intervention Group, were involved in at least a dozen operations starting in 2017, the officials said.

Details about the operations come from American officials who have read classified intelligence assessments about the Saudi campaign, as well as from Saudis with direct knowledge of some of the operations. They spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of repercussions from disclosing classified information or, in the case of the Saudis, from angering the Saudi government.

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