Canada sanctions 17 Saudis linked to Khashoggi killing

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"I commend the Senate for advancing a bipartisan resolution to end US support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen".

The vote was a rebuke not only to Saudi Arabia but also to Trump's administration, which has made clear it does not want to torpedo the longstanding usa relationship with Riyadh over the killing.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2A board members will consider a resolution to honor murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi on the very street where the Saudi Arabian embassy sits in Foggy Bottom.

The U.S.is not directly involved in the civil war, but provides assistance to the Saudi-led coalition, including intelligence sharing and weapons sales.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was not on the list of the 17 individuals sanctioned by Canada.

A D.C. neighborhood advocacy group is having its say in what USA officials have described as an elaborate worldwide murder plot. The CIA is widely reported to have concluded that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the slaying of Jamal Khashoggi, a US resident.

"While tragedies occur in war, we assess restraint and improved tactical judgment by Arab coalition pilots has reduced the risk of civilian casualties", he said.

Since early 2015, the US military has tried, with limited success, to steer the Saudi-led coalition away from air strikes on civilian targets like hospitals and school buses.

Yesterday's "procedural vote sets up the beginning of a floor debate on the resolution next week", explains the AP. If the Council passes the measure, it's still subject to congressional review.

"I haven't heard directly from the anyone in the White House with a commitment that we will be briefed by the CIA Director but I think the message was heard clearly and my expectation is that they'll now reconsider their options", Coons said.

Khashoggi was killed on 2 October in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.




In this image made from a March 2018 video provided by Metafora Production, Jamal Khashoggi speaks during an interview at an undisclosed location. "That's all I can say in an unclassified setting". Graham voted to advance the resolution.

She also said that the prosecutor had asked Argentina's Foreign Ministry whether the crown prince's diplomatic status might allow a legal proceeding to go forward.

Supporting Trump's stance, White House National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday that he did not listen to recordings of Khashoggi's killing.

The next day, a source close to the Turkish government says police believe the journalist was murdered inside the consulate "by a team especially sent to Istanbul and who left the same day".

Saudi Arabia has said that 21 people are in custody, with death penalties sought against five men.

Argentinian legal authorities took initial action on Wednesday to consider a request from Human Rights Watch to prosecute Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for alleged crimes against humanity.

Pompeo says USA involvement in the conflict is central to the Trump administration's broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East. He accused lawmakers of "caterwauling" and the media of a "pile-on" over Khashoggi's murder.

"It's another blank check endorsement of Saudi war aims", Bruce Riedel, a former Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Council official, and Al-Monitor columnist, told Al-Monitor.

The Senate vote on the resolution, which could come later Wednesday, is not likely to be binding on President Donald Trump but would amount to a rebuke of his policies.

United States military chiefs like Mattis, meanwhile, have a tendency to want to continue the status quo, Otis said.

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