Jamal Khashoggi: the murder case dividing US and Saudi Arabia

President Biden: no sanctions
MBS authorized the assassination
Diplomatic ties hinder sanctioning
Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi elite
From a renowned family
Educated in the US
Against Soviet rule in Afghanistan
Interviewed Bin Laden
Supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood
Jamal Khashoggi, from Saudi Arabia to exile
About to get married
Mohamed bin Salman vs. Jamal Khashoggi
He had him killed
Last seen entering the Saudi consulate
Khashoggi's disappearance
International repercussions for Saudi Arabia?
President Biden: no sanctions

Contrary to his campaign promises in the past years, President Joe Biden is not going to impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia or any Saudi individuals for their involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018.

MBS authorized the assassination

Extensive research has shown that the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman - also called 'MBS' - did not only know about the assassination of the journalist in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, but he in fact approved the operation beforehand.

Diplomatic ties hinder sanctioning

Biden's predecessor, President Donald Trump, had refused to question or punish Saudi leaders for the gruesome assassination, citing the strong relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia. Joe Biden had criticized this viewpoint before he became president, but as it appears now, he himself is also bound by diplomatic sensibilities and obligations between the two nations.

Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi elite

Jamal Khashoggi was born in Medina on 13 October 1958 into an elite Saudi family with distant roots in Turkey.

From a renowned family

The journalist's uncle, Adnan Khashoggi, was a known and wealthy arms trader in Saudi Arabia.

Educated in the US

Politics and journalism were always his passions. Khashoggi was educated in the United States.

Against Soviet rule in Afghanistan

Jamal Khashoggi became involved in the resistance against Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. He did not fight but used his journalistic work to support the Afghan anti-Soviet guerrillas propagandistically.

Interviewed Bin Laden

As a journalist, Jamal Khashoggi interviewed Osama Bin Laden in both Afghanistan and Sudan. However, during the 1990s Jamal Khashoggi distanced himself from Bin Laden because of the radicalisation of the Islamic leader. Khashoggi did not agree with the use of terrorist violence against the West.

Supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood

For some time, Jamal Khashoggi sympathized with the Muslim Brotherhood, radical supporters of Islam. This caused him problems in Saudi Arabia, as the Brotherhood were considered terrorists by the Saudi authorities.

Jamal Khashoggi, from Saudi Arabia to exile

Jamal Khashoggi worked as a journalist in Saudi Arabia for several newspapers. After being scrutinized for his Muslim Brotherhood sympathies, he got into greater trouble when he denounced the excesses of Saudi governmental power. Khashoggi advocated a more open-minded approach for his country. He went into exile in 2017.

About to get married

Khashoggi went on to write for several international media, among which was the Washington Post. American media therefore considered him 'one of their own'. At the time of his murder, he was about to turn 60 and was arranging the paperwork to marry his fiancée.

Mohamed bin Salman vs. Jamal Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi was always a man close to power and to the Saudi royal family. His criticism of the absolute monarchy put him in the crosshairs of Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince.

 

He had him killed

The people who allegedly had Khashoggi killed in 2018 were individuals who knew him well and had probably had personal dealings with him. Roughly two years after the assassination, a US intelligence report confirmed that Mohamed bin Salman was involved in it.

Last seen entering the Saudi consulate

Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate voluntarily in October 2018. From that moment, no trace was found of him.

Khashoggi's disappearance

The only thing remaining are gruesome audio recordings of a supposed attack and pleas for mercy by the Washington Post journalist. The Turkish government proceeded to accuse the Saudis of brutally torturing and murdering Khashoggi.

International repercussions for Saudi Arabia?

The Khashoggi case revealed the brutality of the methods of the Saudi authorities. Yet, sanctions never came. It seems that under President Joe Biden, too, the international repercussions for Saudi Arabia will be mild.

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