Monday, 1 April 2019

Several members of the 17-man team that killed and then dismembered Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul were trained in America

Members of a Saudi hit squad that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul were trained in the US, it has been claimed.

Tier 1 Group, based in Arkansas, is said to have carried out at least some special operations training with members of the strike team, the Washington Post reports.

It is not clear how many members of the 17-person team received the training, or what exactly the course involved.
The Post also claims the training was carried out under a State Department licence.

'The training occurred before the Khashoggi incident, as part of ongoing liaison with the Saudis, and it hasn't been resumed,' columnist David Ignatius wrote.

He said several other US-Saudi security exchange programs also have been suspended.

The news emerged from CIA and Saudi sources after the CIA warned other government agencies about the link.

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