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Sun Nov 11, 2018, 04:31 PM

Saudis Close to Crown Prince Discussed Assassinating Enemies a Year Before Khashoggi Killing

Source: The New York Times



By Mark Mazzetti, Ronen Bergman and David D. Kirkpatrick
Nov. 11, 2018

WASHINGTON — Top Saudi intelligence officials close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman asked a small group of businessmen last year about using private companies to assassinate Iranian enemies of the kingdom, according to three people familiar with the discussions.

The Saudis inquired at a time when Prince Mohammed, then the deputy crown prince and defense minister, was consolidating power and directing his advisers to escalate military and intelligence operations outside the kingdom. Their discussions, more than a year before the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, indicate that top Saudi officials have considered assassinations since the beginning of Prince Mohammed’s ascent.

Saudi officials have portrayed Mr. Khashoggi’s death as a rogue killing ordered by an official who has since been fired. But that official, Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, was present for a meeting in March 2017 in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, where the businessmen pitched a $2 billion plan to use private intelligence operatives to try to sabotage the Iranian economy.

During the discussion, part of a series of meetings where the men tried to win Saudi funding for their plan, General Assiri’s top aides inquired about killing Qassim Suleimani, the leader of the Quds force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps and a man considered a determined enemy of Saudi Arabia.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/11/world/middleeast/saudi-iran-assassinations-mohammed-bin-salman.html

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2018, 04:54 PM

1. He should have asked Pootie, who's an expert on getting rid of enemies

Pootie specializes in journalists too - MBS really missed a chance to get good advice.

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Sun Nov 11, 2018, 05:30 PM

2. The Dems will inbestigaye this along with a zillion other crimes

since the fake prez began his campaign in 2015. So glad WE WON!

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Sun Nov 11, 2018, 08:34 PM

3. and Republican party LET Trump rub that orb with a brutal dictatorship

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