Turkish media names alleged killers of Saudi journalist

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"I am confident in the abilities of Turkish government officials", she noted.

But after several of his friends were arrested, his column was cancelled by the al-Hayat newspaper and he was allegedly warned to stop tweeting, Mr Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia for the US.

'We're demanding everything, ' Trump said, asked if his team was seeking information from the Saudis - longtime allies who the Trump administration has hugged closely. "It's a bad thing".

The US president also said he wanted to bring Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, to the White House.

According to the intercepts, Saudi officials close to crown prince Mohammed bin Salman had tried to lure Khashoggi back to his home country with the promises of a lucrative job offer and offers of protection.

But Turkish officials have concluded that whatever the intent of the operation, Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

"There's something really awful and disgusting about that, if that was the case, so we're going to have to see", Trump said.

Khashoggi has been a prominent critic of Riyadh and a US resident who has written columns for the Washington Post.

Cengiz described how hard it was, in the middle of dealing with Khashoggi's disappearance, to have to cancel all their wedding preparations.

Other names and photos of the 15, who Sabah said travelled on diplomatic passports, match officers in the Saudi Army and Air Force, as identified by previous Saudi media reports and in one case a Facebook profile.

"Jamal spoke up against oppression, but he paid for the Saudi people's demand for freedom with his own life", added Cengiz. "Violence against journalists should be condemned, but at this point, we don't know what happened".

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While no suspects were named, and the lawmakers' letter to the president is only a preliminary step toward taking punitive action, it marked a departure from decades of close U.S. -Saudi relations that have only intensified under Trump.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia had quashed reports of the pressman's death. "So I think we have to get to the bottom of it".

Turkish media reported that a Saudi "assassination squad" arrived in Istanbul on board two private jets on October 2.

Khashoggi, a former Saudi government adviser, had been living in the United States since previous year fearing arrest.

Khashoggi has been missing ever since cameras captured him going inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

In an article for the Washington Post, Ms Cengiz pleaded with Mr Trump and his wife Melania to "help shed light" on the disappearance of her partner.

The paper printed pictures of the 15 Saudi nationals that appeared to be taken by security cameras during police control at an airport.

More than 20 Republican and Democratic senators instructed Trump to order an investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance under legislation that authorizes imposition of sanctions for perpetrators of extrajudicial killings, torture or other gross human rights violations.

Almost two hours after Khashoggi entered the consulate, video shows two vehicles with diplomatic plates leaving the consulate through police barricades and headed to the Saudi consul general's residence. The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet also published the image. "Silence, denials and delays are not acceptable", Ryan wrote in a statement.

'We have to find out who did it, ' Trump said.

"We should be extending support from our federal agencies for a real investigation", Kaine tweeted. "The consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying, 'He has left, '" Erdogan said earlier in the week.