Veteran Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared over a week ago, while on a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
Veteran Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared over a week ago, while on a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.(Photo: AP)
  • 1. Who is Jamal Khashoggi?
  • 2. What Happened to Him?
  • 3. What is Turkey Saying?
  • 4. What is Saudi Arabia Saying?
  • 5. What is the US Saying?
  • 6. What Happens Next?
All You Need to Know About Khashoggi’s Mysterious Disappearance

Veteran Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared over a week ago, while on a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, sparking an international uproar involving the kingdom, Turkey and the United States that remains unresolved.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, had written columns critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s stalemated war in Yemen and its crackdown on activists and businessmen.

Turkish officials say they fear a team of Saudi agents killed and dismembered Khashoggi, and they have released surveillance footage of the alleged perpetrators and mysterious movements outside the consulate on 2 October, the day he entered. The kingdom says the allegations are “baseless” but has offered no evidence that Khashoggi ever left the consulate.

Here is a look at what we know about the disappearance.

  • 1. Who is Jamal Khashoggi?

    Khashoggi is a veteran Saudi journalist, foreign correspondent, editor and columnist whose work has been controversial in the past in the ultra-conservative Sunni kingdom.

    He went into self-imposed exile in the United States following the ascension of Prince Mohammed, now next in line to succeed his father, the 82-year-old King Salman.

    Khashoggi was known for his interviews and travels with Osama bin Laden between 1987 and 1995, including in Afghanistan, where he wrote about the battle against the Soviet occupation.

    In the early 1990s, he tried to persuade bin Laden to reconcile with the Saudi royal family and return home from his base in Sudan, but the al-Qaeda leader refused.

    Khashoggi maintained ties with Saudi elites and was viewed as a link between the West and the often opaque royal court.

    Veteran Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared over a week ago, while on a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
    (Photo: AP)
    As a contributor to the Post, Khashoggi has written extensively about Saudi Arabia, including criticising its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women’s rights activists after the lifting of a ban on women driving.

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