Death of Turkish Journalist Creates Uncertainty

by Drew Ward

Jamal Bin Ahmad Khashoggi was an American journalist who lived in Turkey. This past month, his story has brought a huge wake of political distress and division. Turkey believes that the Saudi Arabian government is responsible for the murder of Khashoggi. An investigation has started but there is not anything concrete yet.

Khashoggi went to Turkey to pursue his career as a journalist. However, he caused a lot of political unrest between Saudi Arabia. Last year, September 2017, he claimed that the Saudi government blocked him on Twitter. After a year of self-proclaimed exile, he went to the Saudi consulate on October 2, 2018. After this meeting, he was never seen again.

The Turkish government accused the Saudi government of killing Khashoggi but they denied it. Later on October 20, the Saudi government said that he was killed after a fistfight broke out. The Turkish government detained 18 people for the crime. Turkey continued their investigation and questioned the Saudi government’s explanation.

Trump initially stated he was on the side of the Saudis, saying he knew it was early but he believed them. Later, this belief would be smashed. On October 26, the Saudi government said that the killing was premeditated. This truth came out because the Turkey government found evidence government cars going to the woods on the night of October 2. Also before police were able to examine the cars, they were cleaned.

The evidence the Turkey government was enough for them to meet with Saudi Arabia and try to figure out a solution to the awful situation.


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