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Turkey urges world to back efforts in Syria's north

By Servet Gunerigok

WASHINGTON (AA) – Amid Turkey's imminent peace operation into northern Syria, Ankara is urging the international community to assist its efforts to stabilize the conflict-hit region.

In an op-ed on The Washington Post, Turkish Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said the U.S. has borne the brunt of the anti-Daesh campaign for a long while.

"Turkey, which has NATO’s second-largest army, is willing and able to take the lead now and drive it home, bringing millions of refugees back to Syria in the process," Altun wrote.

"At this critical juncture, the international community must rally behind Turkey’s rebuilding and stabilization efforts," he added.

Since 2016, Turkey’s Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operations in northwestern Syria have liberated the region from YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorists, making it possible for Syrians who fled the violence to return home.

Turkey has long decried the threat from terrorists east of the Euphrates in northern Syria, pledging military action to prevent the formation of a "terrorist corridor" there.

Altun said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump agreed to transfer the leadership of the anti-Daesh campaign to Ankara.

"The Turkish military, together with the Free Syrian Army, will cross the Turkish-Syrian border shortly," he said.

Turkey has long called for the U.S. to partner with it in the fight against Daesh, a terrorist group Ankara has worked to root out, arresting and deporting its members within Turkey.

– 'YPG threat'

Altun also asserted that the partnership of the U.S. with terror group PKK's Syrian affiliate YPG has been dubbed as "tactical" by American officials, adding that Trump's decision to pull forces back from northern Syria "reflects that view."

"Like the United States, Turkey does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. But when monsters attempt to knock down our doors and harm our citizens, we have to respond," Altun wrote.

He asserted that Turkey just aims to eliminate a long-stating threat by the YPG terror group and liberate Syrians "from the yoke of armed thugs."

He also highlighted Turkey's role in the wake of Daesh attacks, saying the country was the first to fight Daesh terrorists in war-torn Syria.

"Our country also helped the Free Syrian Army keep thousands of Islamic State militants behind bars for years," he said. "It is in our interest to preserve what the United States has accomplished, and to ensure that history does not repeat itself."

He also warned YPG terrorists to defect without delay if they are interested in fighting Daesh. In the event of fighting the Turkish military, Altun said Turkey will "have no choice but to stop them from disrupting" its anti-Daesh fight.

"The world has a vested interest in the success of the fight against Islamic State under Turkey’s leadership," Altun said, adding that U.S. troops in Syria deserve to return home and the locals, forced into exile by the YPG, get to return to their lands.

The senior official also praised the planned safe zone in northern Syria, saying it is good for Europe because it will address violence and instability in Syria, which he said were the root causes of illegal immigration and radicalization.

"Finally, the plan helps Turkey shelter innocent people from a known terrorist organization," he wrote.

Citing Erdogan's speech on the safe zone at the UN General Assembly last month, Altun said up to 2 million Syrians will volunteer to live in a 20-mile secure area spanning from the Euphrates River to the Syria-Iraq border.

– Turkey's past experiences

"If the safe zone’s southern border reaches the Deir ez Zor-Raqqa line, that number could reach 3 million, including refugees currently in Europe," he added.

He said Turkey will build on its past experiences in northern Syria to keep the safe zone secure and stable and believes Syrians are equipped to govern themselves through elected local councils.

He warned that Daesh might re-emerge if local representation is not backed in northern Syria.

"In predominantly Kurdish areas, such as Afrin, Turkey oversaw the creation of local governing bodies with a Kurdish majority. The same will go for predominantly Kurdish parts of northeastern Syria.

“Our goal is to supplement those steps with international infrastructure investment for schools, hospitals and housing," he wrote.

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“Dünya, Türkiye'nin Suriye'nin kuzeydoğusu için hazırladığı planı desteklemeli”

ANKARA (AA) – İletişim Başkanı Prof. Dr. Fahrettin Altun, "Türkiye'nin, Suriye'nin kuzeydoğusunda, Türk vatandaşlarına uzun zamandır yönelen bir tehdidi ortadan kaldırmak ve yerel halkı, silahlı haydutların elinden kurtarmak dışında bir hedefi yoktur." değerlendirmesinde bulundu.

Altun, Washington Post gazetesinde "Dünya, Türkiye'nin Suriye'nin Kuzeydoğusu İçin Hazırladığı Planı Desteklemeli" başlıklı bir makale kaleme aldı.

Makalede, pazar günü Türkiye Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ile bir telefon görüşmesi yapan ABD Başkanı Donald Trump'ın DEAŞ ile mücadele operasyonunun liderliğini Türkiye'ye devretmeyi kabul ettiğini bildiren Altun, "Türk Silahlı
Kuvvetlerinin, Özgür Suriye Ordusu'yla birlikte yakında Türkiye-Suriye sınırını
geçeceğini" belirterek, "Dünya, Türkiye’nin Suriye’nin kuzeydoğusu için hazırladığı planı
desteklemelidir." ifadesini kullandı.

George Washington'un ABD'nin "kalıcı ittifaklardan uzak durması" gerektiği sözlerini hatırlatan Altun, şu değerlendirmelerde bulundu:

"ABD'li yetkililer, yıllardır terör örgütü PKK'nın Suriye kolu YPG ile DEAŞ terör örgütüne karşı kurdukları ortaklığın 'taktiksel' olduğunu savunuyordu. Başkan Trump'ın son kararı, bu görüşü desteklemektedir. Türkiye, tıpkı Amerika Birleşik Devletleri gibi, 'dışarıda yok edilecek canavarlar aramaz'. Ancak canavarlar kapılarımızı kırıp, vatandaşlarımıza zarar vermeye kalkışırsa cevabını vermek durumunda kalırız. Genç kadın ve erkekleri muharebeye göndermek hiçbir zaman kolay bir karar olmamıştır. Cumhuriyetimizin kurucusu Mustafa Kemal Atatürk'ün de söylediği gibi 'Ulusun hayatı tehlikeye girmedikçe savaş cinayettir'. Ancak maalesef bugün kendimizi böyle bir durumda buluyoruz."

– "Operasyonun başarısı, tüm dünyanın çıkarınadır"

Türkiye'nin, Suriye'nin kuzeydoğusunda, Türk vatandaşlarına uzun
zamandır yönelen bir tehdidi ortadan kaldırmak ve yerel halkı, silahlı
haydutların elinden kurtarmak dışında bir hedefi olmadığını vurgulayan Altun, makalesinde şunları kaydetti:

"DEAŞ saldırılarında onlarca vatandaşını kaybeden Türkiye, Suriye'ye
teröristlerle mücadele etmek için muharip güç gönderen ilk ülke
olmuştur. Ülkemiz ayrıca Özgür Suriye Ordusu'na binlerce DEAŞ militanının
demir parmaklıklar ardında tutulması için destek vermiştir. ABD'nin, Suriye'nin kuzeydoğusundan çekilmesinin DEAŞ'ı ayağa kaldırmamasını sağlamak, Suriye'nin komşusu olan Türkiye'nin çıkarınadır.
ABD'nin kazanımlarını korumak ve tarihin tekerrür
etmemesini sağlamak bizim çıkarımızadır.

YPG militanlarının bu lider değişikliğini nasıl karşılayacağını önümüzdeki
günlerde göreceğiz. Elbette iki seçenekleri bulunuyor: Eğer gerçekten DEAŞ ile
mücadele etmek istiyorlarsa, gecikmeden teslim olacaklar. Veya Türk askerleriyle
çatışacaklarını söyleyen sözde komutanlarını dinleyecekler, ki bu durumda
DEAŞ ile mücadele faaliyetlerimizi sekteye uğratmalarına engel olacağız.
DEAŞ ile mücadelede Türkiye'nin liderlik ettiği operasyonun başarısı,
tüm dünyanın çıkarınadır. Yıllardır sahada olan Amerikan askerleri evlerine
dönecektir. YPG tarafından sürgün edilen yerel halk yeniden atalarının
topraklarına yerleşecektir. Güvenli bölge, Avrupa için de iyidir. Zira yasadışı
göç ve radikalleşmenin kökeninde yatan şiddet ve istikrarsızlık sorunlarını
çözecektir. Son olarak bu plan, Türkiye'nin masum insanları bir terör örgütünden
korumasını mümkün kılacaktır."

– "Güvenli bölge kurulması halinde 2 milyon Suriyeli ülkelerine dönecek"

Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan'ın Türkiye'nin "güvenli bölge" planının detaylarını geçen ay Birleşmiş Milletler Genel Kurulu'nda açıkladığını hatırlatan Altun, şöyle devam etti:

"Fırat Nehri ile Suriye-Irak sınırı
arasında 32 kilometre derinliğinde bir güvenli bölge kurulması halinde 2 milyon
Suriyeli sığınmacının ülkelerine gönüllü olarak döneceğini tahmin ediyoruz. Eğer
güvenli bölgenin güney sınırı, Deyr ez Zor-Rakka hattına çekilirse, bu sayı
Avrupa'dan gelecek sığınmacılarla birlikte 3 milyona ulaşabilir.

Güvenli bölgede asayiş ve istikrarın sağlanması için Suriye'nin kuzeyinde elde ettiğimiz deneyimlerden faydalanacağız. Suriye halkının,
seçimle belirlenen yerel konseyler aracılığıyla kendi kendini yönetmesinin en iyi
çözüm olduğuna inanıyoruz. DEAŞ'ın yeniden ortaya çıkmasını engellemek için
yerel siyasi temsilin desteklenmesi ve güçlendirilmesi büyük önem taşımaktadır. Nitekim Afrin gibi Kürtlerin çoğunlukta olduğu yerlerde Kürtlerin çoğunlukta
olduğu yerel yönetimlerin kurulmasını sağladık. Bu durum, Suriye'nin
kuzeydoğusunda Kürtlerin çoğunlukta olduğu yerlerde değişmeyecektir.
Hedefimiz, bu adımların uluslararası altyapı yatırımlarıyla kurulacak okullar,
hastaneler ve konut projeleriyle taçlandırılmasıdır."

– "Türkiye, milyonlarca sığınmacıyı evlerine döndürmeye hazır ve muktedirdir"

ABD'nin DEAŞ ile mücadele operasyonunun sorumluluğunu uzun zamandır
sırtında taşıdığını, NATO'nun ikinci büyük ordusuna sahip olan Türkiye'nin liderliği
devralarak süreci sonuçlandırmaya ve milyonlarca sığınmacıyı evlerine döndürmeye hazır ve muktedir olduğunu kaydeden Prof. Dr. Altun. "Bu kritik süreçte uluslararası toplum,
Türkiye'nin yeniden inşa ve istikrarı artırma çabalarına destek vermelidir." çağrısında bulundu.

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Khashoggi is 'voice of voiceless' in Mideast: fiancée

By Servet Gunerigok

WASHINGTON (AA) – The late Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi represents "all the nameless people" in the Arab world, his fiancée said Wednesday on the anniversary of his murder.

Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and columnist for The Washington Post newspaper, was killed and dismembered on Oct. 2, 2018 after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he was making arrangements for his wedding.

"What happened to Jamal showed how far human rights have been abandoned in the Arab world," Hatice Cengiz wrote in an article for the online edition of U.S. magazine Time.

"Jamal’s name now represents all the nameless people in this region who would like to speak but can’t articulate what they want to say, and have to remain anonymous on social media," she said.

Cengiz said Khashoggi's death was a blow to everyone fighting for democracy in the Middle East and his killers dealt another blow to his beloved by disposing of his body.

"The savagery of Jamal’s killing pained anyone with a conscience.

"They tried to silence Jamal forever. But instead he has become the symbol of our collective moral conscience, the voice for the voiceless in the Middle East," she added.

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) assessed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi’s murder. UN expert Agnes Callamard has described his death as a “premeditated execution” and called for bin Salman and other high-ranking Saudis to be investigated.

Officials in Riyadh, who initially said Khashoggi had left the premises unharmed, said the journalist was killed in a rogue operation that did not involve bin Salman. Activists have called for accountability in Khashoggi’s death.

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Washington Post'tan Kaşıkçı'nın ölüm yıl dönümüne özel sayfa

WASHINGTON (AA) – Amerikan Washington Post gazetesi, Cemal Kaşıkçı'nın yazdığı "Global Görüş" sayfasını, Suudi gazetecinin ölüm yıl dönümü nedeniyle "Cemal Kaşıkçı: Kayıp bir ses, büyüyen bir koro" başlıklı özel sayfaya dönüştürdü.

Gazete, Suudi gazeteci Kaşıkçı'nın ülkesinin İstanbul'daki Başkonsolosluğunda öldürülmesinin 1. yıl dönümünde, Kaşıkçı'nın da yazılarının yayımlandığı "Global Görüş" sayfasının başlığını, "Cemal Kaşıkçı: Kayıp bir ses, büyüyen bir koro" olarak değiştirdi.

Gazetenin Editörü Fred Hiatt, sayfadaki notunda, "Bir yıl önce, Suudi Arabistan Veliaht Prensi Muhammed bin Selman, bir tartışmayı bir kemik testeresi ile bitirebileceğini düşündü. Bin Selman, cesur ve güzide meslektaşımız Cemal Kaşıkçı'nın hayatına son verme ve onu susturma konusunda başarılı oldu. Ancak bu sayfada göreceğiniz üzerine, tartışma hala sürüyor ve Kaşıkçı'ya hayat veren özgürlük, demokrasi, hoşgörü ve kültürler arası daha çok anlayış sağlanması arayışı, kolayca alt edilemez." ifadelerini kullandı.

– Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan'ın makalesi de bu sayfada

Söz konusu sayfada, Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan'ın Kaşıkçı cinayetine ilişkin kaleme aldığı makalenin yanı sıra, Kaşıkçı'nın nişanlısı Hatice Cengiz, Global Görüş sayfasının editörü olan Karen Attiah, Nobel Ödüllü Tevekkül Karman, Pulitzer Ödüllü ABD'li Gazeteci David Ignatius, Suudi İnsan Hakları Savunucusu İyad El- Bağdadi, ABD'li Demokrat Vekil Rob Menendez gibi isimlerin makalelerine yer veriliyor.

Ayrıca, sayfada Amerikan karikatürist Tom Toles'in Kaşıkçı cinayetine ilişkin yaptığı çizimler de tek bir başlık altında toplanıyor.

Sayfadaki makaleler, İngilizcenin yanı sıra Arapçada da yayımlanıyor.

– Kaşıkçı için görüş platformu

Washington Post gazetesi şubat ayında Kaşıkçı anısına bir "görüş" sayfası da oluşturmuştu. Bu sayfada, sayfanın ilk yazarı olan ve daha önce çeşitli ödüller alan Suudi Arabistanlı kadın aktivist, akademisyen ve yazar Hala el-Dosari'nin yazıları yer alıyor.

Dosari, bu sayfada Suudi Arabistan Veliaht Prensi Muhammed bin Selman'ın politikalarını sıkça eleştirirken, ülkede yaşananlara da ışık tutuyor.

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One year on, questions remain over Khashoggi’s murder

By Tugcenur Yilmaz

ANKARA (AA) – One year later, the world still wants to know the truth about the fate of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose murder sparked international shock and outrage and put Saudi Arabia under the spotlight.

Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct. 2, 2018. Although information surfaced on how he was killed, there have been no official announcements on the whereabouts of The Washington Post columnist’s body, and his killing remains an important topic globally.

Initially denying any knowledge of the murder, Saudi Arabia had to eventually admit to the killing due to efforts by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, international pressure generated by effective diplomacy and emerging evidence from the meticulous investigations of the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

After refusing to allow the extradition of suspects to Turkey following Turkish requests, Saudi Arabia filed charges against 11 suspects and requested the death penalty for five of them.

– President Erdogan closely followed case

The Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office immediately launched an investigation into the allegations that Khashoggi was detained, while the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul denied the claims and asserted that Khashoggi left the building before his apparent disappearance.

“As president, I am following the case, and we will inform the world on how this issue will be resolved,” Erdogan said in his first speech following the murder.

Erdogan made phone calls to U.S. President Donald Trump, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman regarding the murder and also frequently contacted world leaders, getting Saudi Arabia to eventually admit to the killing.

He also called Khashoggi’s family to offer his condolences. The murder received international attention as well, including reactions from the UN, the European Union, Canada, Russia and Iran.

Trump said the cover-up of the murder was “one of the worst in the history of cover-ups” and whoever thought of the idea “is in big trouble.”

– Investigation in Istanbul

Saudi Attorney General Saud al-Mujeb met with Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor Irfan Fidan on the murder. A joint Saudi-Turkish task force was formed and investigators combed the consulate building. Robot cameras were also used to inspect the surrounding sewage network in an effort to locate Khashoggi’s remains.

In a statement, the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office reported that Khashoggi was strangled and his body was dismembered.

– Saudi Arabia admits to murder

The Saudi administration later admitted that Khashoggi was killed in a “fistfight” in the consulate and 18 Saudis had been detained. In a royal decree issued the same night, Saudi Arabia's deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri was sacked. Three senior intelligence officers were also dismissed.

The Saudi crown prince took “full responsibility” for the killing and said it was a “heinous crime” but denied ordering the murder.

– UN Committee visits Turkey

For the international investigation of the case, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Agnes Callamard, British barrister Baroness Helena Kennedy and Duarte Nuno Vieira, a pathologist and professor of forensic medicine at Portugal’s Coimbra University, visited Turkey between Jan. 28 and Feb. 3 to collect information on the murder.

Callamard’s report found that “Khashoggi was the victim of a deliberate, premeditated execution, an extrajudicial killing for which the state of Saudi Arabia is responsible under international human rights law.”

The report stressed that Saudi Arabia must apologize to the Turkish government for abuse of diplomatic privileges, suggesting that the Saudi state was responsible.

The report brought attention to the circumstances in which Khashoggi was killed, pointing to a possible “act of torture” according to the UN Convention Against Torture, which Saudi Arabia ratified in 1997, and said his killing may also constitute an enforced disappearance, since the location of his remains has not been established.

The report also suggested that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) should launch a probe and there is reliable evidence for the investigation of high-level Saudi authorities as well as the Saudi crown prince.

It was also reported that Callamard and her team had access to "creepy and frightening voice recordings obtained by the Turkish intelligence service."

– Voice recordings revealed

Audio transcripts of voice recordings from the murder scene were published in various media outlets in Turkey. They include an alleged conversation between Saudi intelligence agent Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb and Dr. Salah Muhammed al Tubaigy, the head of Forensic Evidence at the Saudi General Security Department, in which they were planning what to do with the remains after Tubaigy was done dismembering Khashoggi’s body.

The transcripts also revealed that Khashoggi was told that he was going to be sent back to Riyadh due to an order from the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), and he responded by saying “there is no case against me. My fiancée is outside waiting for me.”

Khashoggi also reportedly urged his killers not to cover his mouth because he had asthma and could suffocate. After, he was injected with a large amount of a drug. Following the sounds of a struggle in the recordings, the team members could be heard saying “Is he asleep yet? He’s lifting his head… keep pushing,” according to the transcripts.

Anadolu Agency published a book on the incident titled “Jamal Khashoggi Murder” which depicts in detail the killing of the Saudi journalist.

It has also been presenting all the developments that transpired during and after the incident to readers through its news reports, photos and videos.

* Can Atalay contributed to this report from Ankara

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UPDATE – Turkey pledges to illuminate Khashoggi murder: Erdogan

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By Nilay Kar Onum

ISTANBUL (AA) – Turkey will continue its efforts to shed light on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the country’s president said on Sunday.

Writing an article in the Washington Post, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would continue pressing for the whereabouts of Khashoggi's remains and the identities of those responsible.

Underlining that many questions remained unanswered about the court proceedings in Saudi Arabia, he said: "The near-complete lack of transparency surrounding the trial, the lack of public access to hearings and the allegation that some of Khashoggi’s murderers enjoy de facto freedom fail to meet the international community’s expectations and tarnish the image of Saudi Arabia — something that Turkey, as its friend and ally, does not desire."

Erdogan described the Khashoggi's murder as "arguably the most influential and controversial incident of the 21st century, barring the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks."

"No other event since 9/11 has posed such a serious threat to the international order or challenged the conventions that the world has come to take for granted," he said.

Erdogan decried the fact the alleged culprits travelled to Turkey on diplomatic passports, turned a "diplomatic building into a crime scene" and were assisted in the attempted coverup by Saudi Arabia's top diplomat in Istanbul, saying that these "set a very dangerous precedent."

"Perhaps more dangerous is the impunity that some of the killers seem to enjoy back in the kingdom," Erdogan added.

In the article, Erdogan said his administration "made a clear and unmistakable distinction between the thugs, who murdered Khashoggi and King Salman and his loyal subjects."

"Turkey’s response to The Post contributing columnist’s killing is based on our desire to uphold the rules-based international system. Hence our refusal to let the Khashoggi murder be portrayed as a bilateral dispute between Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Turkey has always seen, and continues to see, the kingdom as its friend and ally," he stressed.

"Our long-standing friendship, however, does not necessarily entail silence. Quite the contrary, as the Turkish proverb goes, “A real friend speaks bitter truths.

"… we continue to see what happened as a question of justice rather than politics, and maintain that national and international courts alone can deliver justice," Erdogan wrote.

– Who signed Saudi journalist’s death warrant?

Describing Khashoggi’s "assassination" as not only a tragedy but a "blatant abuse of diplomatic immunity," the Erdogan said: “Going forward, Turkey pledges to continue its efforts to shed light on the Khashoggi murder."

"We will keep asking the same questions that I raised in an op-ed for this newspaper last year: Where are Khashoggi’s remains? Who signed the Saudi journalist’s death warrant? Who dispatched the 15 killers, including a forensic expert, aboard the two planes to Istanbul?

"It is in our best interest, and in the best interest of humanity, to ensure that such a crime is not committed anywhere again. Combating impunity is the easiest way to accomplish that goal. We owe it to Jamal’s family," he added.

Khashoggi was killed on Oct. 2, 2018, in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia initially denied any knowledge of his whereabouts after he went missing but later attempted to blame his death on a team of rogue operatives carrying out a botched rendition operation.

According to reports by the UN and other independent organizations, he was murdered and dismembered. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accepted responsibility for the killing of Khashoggi but denied ordering the murder.

The killing has sparked international outcry with the UN calling for an investigation into the role of bin Salman in carrying out the operation. Khashoggi's remains have not yet been found.

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Turkey pledges to illuminate Khashoggi murder: Erdogan

By Nilay Kar Onum

ISTANBUL (AA) – Turkey will continue its efforts to shed light on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the country’s president said on Sunday.

Writing an article in the Washington Post, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would continue pressing for the whereabouts of Khasshoggi's remains and the identities of those responsible.

Underlining that many questions remained unanswered about the court proceedings in Saudi Arabia, he said: "The near-complete lack of transparency surrounding the trial, the lack of public access to hearings and the allegation that some of Khashoggi’s murderers enjoy de facto freedom fail to meet the international community’s expectations and tarnish the image of Saudi Arabia — something that Turkey, as its friend and ally, does not desire."

“It is in our best interest, and in the best interest of humanity, to ensure that such a crime is not committed anywhere again. Combating impunity is the easiest way to accomplish that goal. We owe it to Jamal’s family," he wrote, adding that Khashoggi’s "assassination" was not only a tragedy but a "blatant abuse of diplomatic immunity."

Khashoggi was killed on Oct. 2, 2018 in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia initially denied any knowledge of his whereabouts after he went missing but later attempted to blame his death on a team of rogue operatives carrying out a botched rendition operation.

According to reports by the UN and other independent organizations, he was murdered and dismembered. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accepted responsibility for the killing of Khashoggi, but denied ordering the murder.

The killing has sparked international outcry with the UN calling for an investigation into the role of bin Salman in carrying out the operation. Khashoggi's remains have not yet been found.

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Top US newspapers warn against designating Brotherhood

By Michael Hernandez </p> <p>WASHINGTON (AA) – The New York Times and Washington Post newspapers have published pieces critical of ongoing considerations aimed at designating the transnational Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization. </p> <p>&quot;Is the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Group?&quot; the New York Times asks. &quot;Even experts critical of the Brotherhood agree that the organization does not meet the criteria for a terrorist group.&quot;</p> <p>The newspaper pointed to legal difficulties the decision poses, noting that the Trump administration would have to present evidence the group engages in &quot;terrorist activity&quot; that threatens America or its interests, and that rationale would have to be vetted through an interagency process that includes the State, Justice and Treasury departments. </p> <p>After the designation is made Congress would have a week to block it, and the brotherhood would have a month to appeal the decision in court. </p> <p>The White House confirmed Tuesday the Trump administration is seeking to blacklist the group following a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. </p> <p>Trump's push to designate the brotherhood would open the door to U.S. sanctions for any group, nation or entity that does business with it, or otherwise provides loosely-defined material support to the group. </p> <p>It is unclear if the administration is seeking to designate Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, its worldwide offshoots or a combination thereof.</p> <p>Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who had the brotherhood's backing, won Egypt's first democratic elections in 2012, but was removed from power by the Egyptian military following mass demonstrations roughly a year later. </p> <p>Sisi helped lead the coup that removed Morsi from power.</p> <p>Trump first mulled the idea of designating the Muslim Brotherhood when he assumed office in 2017, but then decided to drop the matter. </p> <p>In addition to Sisi, the designation would squarely place the U.S. alongside Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain who all oppose and have blacklisted the Muslim Brotherhood. </p> <p>In its op-ed, the Washington Post said: &quot;While the Brotherhood may be accused of promoting political extremism, it cannot be equated with organizations such as al-Qaeda, the Islamic State or Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that actually carry out acts of terrorism.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;While the Brotherhood’s commitment to democracy remains uncertain, there is a good case to be made that it’s better to co-opt relatively moderate Islamists rather than push them into the arms of terrorists,&quot; it said. &quot;That is, in fact, the argument that Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi made before he was murdered by the Saudi regime.&quot;

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US designates 16 Saudis for Khashoggi killing

By Michael Hernandez</p> <p>WASHINGTON (AA) – The U.S. on Monday designated 16 Saudi officials for their roles in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. </p> <p>All of those who were blacklisted as well as their immediate family members are now ineligible for entry into the United States. </p> <p>Among the 16 individuals are Saud al-Qahtani, a former advisor to the Saudi royal court, and Maher Mutreb, a security official who was close with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and who is suspected of leading the team that killed Khashoggi.</p> <p>Also blacklisted is Dr. Salah Tubaigy, the forensic expert whom reports have suggested dismembered Khashoggi's body. </p> <p>The journalist went missing shortly after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 last year. The Saudi government initially denied any knowledge of his whereabout before acknowledging he had been killed inside the diplomatic facility, blaming the death on a team of rogue operatives who were carrying out a botched rendition operation.</p> <p>The official Saudi narrative has been met with international skepticism as well as stern criticism from U.S. lawmakers over the possibility that Khashoggi's murder could have been carried out without the explicit consent of bin Salman. </p> <p>But President Donald Trump and his top officials have rejected any role for bin Salman in Khashoggi's grisly murder. </p> <p>Trump's own intelligence community determined with high confidence, however, that bin Salman ordered his killing.

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“Suudi Veliaht Prensi, Trump'ı zayıf ve korkak gösteriyor”

WASHINGTON (AA) – Amerikan Washington Post gazetesi, Suudi Arabistan Veliaht Prensi Muhammed bin Selman'ın ABD Başkanı Donald Trump'ı “zayıf ve korkak ” gösterdiğini yazdı.

Gazete, bugün yayımlanan başyazısında, “Trump, yurt dışında haksız şekilde tutuklu bulunan Amerikalıları serbest bıraktırması ile övünüyor. Ancak iki Suudi Arabistan kökenli ABD vatandaşının tutuklanmasına hiçbir şey diyemedi. 33 yaşındaki Suudi Arabistan yöneticisi (Veliaht Prens Muhammed bin Selman) ABD başkanını zayıf ve korkak gösteriyor. ” ifadesini kullandı.

Selman'ın insan hakları aktivistleri, gazeteci ve muhaliflere yönelik “gaddar ” tavrının değişmeyeceği konusunda dünyaya net mesaj verdiği belirtilen yazıda, Veliaht Prens'in, 11 kadın hakları savunucusunun mahkemeleri devam ederken, onlara destek veren, aralarında 2 ABD vatandaşının da bulunduğu 12 kişiyi daha tutuklattığı ifade edildi.

Selman'ın, ABD Kongresine, Cemal Kaşıkçı cinayeti ve söz konusu tutuklamalarla ilgili itirazları dikkate almadığını gösterdiğini yazan Washington Post, bunun nedeninin ABD Başkanı Trump'ın, Kaşıkçı konusunda herhangi bir adım atamaması olduğunu belirtti.

Yazıda ayrıca Selman'ın, perşembe günü, Temsilciler Meclisinden geçen ve ABD'nin Suudi Arabistan öncülüğündeki koalisyona Yemen'de verdiği askeri desteği sonlandırılması talebinde bulunan yasa tasarısına karşılık ABD vatandaşlarını tutuklamış olabileceği değerlendirmesinde bulunuldu.