The intricacies surrounding the kidnapping, torture and murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi within the Saudi consulate in Turkey this month stay enshrouded in an internet of intrigue, however the method with which it was carried out bears a placing resemblance to the 9/11 terrorist assaults that killed over three,000 People.
For nearly 20 years, controversy has brewed over how the 19 males, 15 of whom were Saudi nationals, might have flown actually underneath the radar for nearly two years. To many investigators, it seems that the 9/11 attackers have been both extraordinarily fortunate or had lots of assist, or each.
One placing similarity between the occasions that transpired this month and the 9/11 assaults is the construction of the hit groups concerned. In accordance with Turkish information media, Khashoggi’s murderers arrived in separate groups to hold out the assaults. From the information experiences, two groups of Saudi navy personnel arrived in civilian garments on two flights and, after finishing up the assault, departed as two groups on two flights.
The Saudi attackers on the 9/11 additionally wearing plain garments and lived in separate terrorist cells for over a 12 months earlier than finishing up assaults on separate flights.
However essentially the most placing similarity of the 2 assaults was the connection between the attackers and the Saudi ruling elite. Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 assaults, shared a close relationship with the Saudi monarchy, primarily due to his father Mohammed bin Laden’s enterprise in establishing and restoring mosques in Mecca and all through Saudi Arabia. Till his loss of life in a 1967 aircraft crash, the senior bin Laden loved a detailed friendship with the Saudi king; his sons, together with Osama bin Laden, inherited that relationship.
Primarily based on a number of media accounts, the group of 15 Saudis arrived in Turkey aboard jets owned by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (often known as MbS). A number of members of the group allegedly provided personal security for MbS and are stated to have been directed by MbS’s closest lieutenants, together with adviser Saud al-Qahtani and Saudi deputy intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri.
Though the hyperlinks between the Saudi navy and authorities within the Khashoggi killing seem to evident, the hyperlinks between Saudi authorities officers and the 9/11 assaults stay considerably murky. That doesn’t imply they aren’t there. In a 2017 investigation, Politico documented one lawyer’s quest to show Saudi Arabia bankrolled the 9/11 assaults. New York lawyer Jim Kreindler, who represents the households of greater than 800 victims of the assaults believes the terrorists had assist from the Saudi authorities.
He isn’t alone on this opinion. Former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), co-chair of Congress’s 9/11 Joint Inquiry, is on report stating, “I’ve stopped calling what our authorities has accomplished a cover-up. Cowl-up suggests a passive exercise. What they’re doing now I name aggressive deception.”
Graham additional notes, “I got here to the conclusion that there was a assist community by attempting to evaluate how the 19 hijackers might pull it off with their vital limitations. Most couldn’t communicate English, most had by no means been in the USA, and most weren’t nicely educated. How might they perform such a fancy job?”
Over President Obama’s strenuous objection and veto, which then-candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpActivists call on DC officials to rename street in front of Saudi embassy after Khashoggi Five takeaways from the final Indiana Senate debate Avenatti says FBI told him he was targeted by alleged mail bomber MORE known as “one of many low factors of his presidency,” Congress unanimously handed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act in October 2016. The act permits U.S. courts to hold out discovery of information associated to the Saudi authorities’s potential involvement in financing the 9/11 assaults. deeply divided Congress got here collectively to override the president’s veto implies that the American individuals consider the terrorists nearly actually had a state sponsor.
The peculiar approach during which the 9/11 assaults and the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi have been orchestrated — utilizing navy personnel in civilian clothes, arriving in groups, and the obvious relationships of the attackers with the Saudi ruling elite — all level to a standard progenitor. The kinds rhyme, even when the targets differ.
The US could have forgotten the teachings of 9/11. Earlier administrations made offers with the Saudis premised upon U.S. entry to huge Saudi oil reserves. It appeared to them like a wedding made in heaven. However given the obvious willingness of the Saudi authorities to supply sanctuary to terrorist factions, and the brazen assault on a U.S. resident in a protected overseas consulate, the connection requires nearer scrutiny.
The Trump administration mustn’t make the error that earlier administrations made in assuming that mutually helpful financial and geopolitical relationships between the USA and Saudi Arabia are free from critical dangers. A wedding of comfort it could be, however made in heaven it’s not.