Turkey hunts for Khashoggi’s remains in Belgrad forest

Oct 19, 2018, 5:05 AM EDT
Saudi Arabia's financial clout has kept the U.S. and others from taking any tough action.
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U.S. President Donald Trump admitted for the first time on Thursday that the dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is likely dead, as he warned of “severe” consequences for Saudi Arabia if the monarchy is found to be involved in the alleged killing.

Trump’s remarks, coupled with the treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin’s decision to pull out of this week’s government-sponsored investment conference in Riyadh, are signs that the U.S. is distancing itself from the Saudi monarchy over the Khashoggi disappearance, notes The Guardian.

Meanwhile, the Turkish police have widened the hunt for Khashoggi’s remains, assuming that his body may have been disposed in a forest on the outskirts of Istanbul, reports the BBC. Saudi Arabia’s financial clout, regional influence and lucrative business ties with the U.S and other Western nations have kept them from taking a tough stance against the monarchy.