Tensions Grow Over Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Disappearance (in Photos)

The Saudi journalist is presumed dead by many, though the evidence isn't conclusive.
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On October 2nd, Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. He hasn’t been seen since. Khashoggi, a journalist for the Washington Post, is presumed dead by many, including Turkish officials, who claim to have audio and video evidence that he was lured to the consulate, then murdered and dismembered inside. Saudi Arabia denies any involvement in the disappearance and says he left the consulate that afternoon.

Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen, was attempting to get paperwork to clear his planned October 3rd wedding to his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. When he entered, she was waiting for him outside with both his cell phones and instructions to call for help if he didn't reappear. She says she never saw him come back out. Khashoggi was a former Saudi insider and a vocal critic of the current Saudi government and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and he'd been living in self-imposed exile outside the country.

In trying to determine what happened to Khashoggi, the United States government is caught in the middle of the Saudi-Turkish rivalry. Both countries have political capital to gain by blaming the other. Close ties between the Saudi royal family and the White House—Mohammed bin Salman and Jared Kushner are especially close allies—make it a crisis of Saudi-American relations too: President Donald Trump told Fox & Friends that "it doesn't look like he came out" of the consulate, a denial of the Saudi story, but demurred on cutting off arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi's potential death is chilling for Middle East relations and journalists across the globe, and his friends, family, and other activists are calling for an investigation into his disappearance.

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A demonstrator dressed as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with blood on his hands protests outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C., on October 8th, 2018, demanding justice for missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. U.S. President Donald Trump said on October 10th that he has talked to Saudi authorities "at the highest level" to demand answers about what happened to missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump told reporters at the White House that he talked to the Saudi leadership "more than once" since Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post contributor, vanished on October 2nd after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

A demonstrator dressed as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with blood on his hands protests outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C., on October 8th, 2018, demanding justice for missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. U.S. President Donald Trump said on October 10th that he has talked to Saudi authorities "at the highest level" to demand answers about what happened to missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump told reporters at the White House that he talked to the Saudi leadership "more than once" since Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post contributor, vanished on October 2nd after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Nobel Prize winner Tawakkol Karman holds a poster of Khashoggi while speaking to the media during a protest outside the entrance to the Consulate of Saudi Arabia on October 5th, 2018, in Istanbul, Turkey. At the time, some believed that the writer was still inside and being held by Saudi officials.

Nobel Prize winner Tawakkol Karman holds a poster of Khashoggi while speaking to the media during a protest outside the entrance to the Consulate of Saudi Arabia on October 5th, 2018, in Istanbul, Turkey. At the time, some believed that the writer was still inside and being held by Saudi officials.

A man holds a poster during a protest organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate on October 8th, 2018, in Istanbul, Turkey. Fears are growing over the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate. Saudi consulate officials have said that Khashoggi went missing after leaving the consulate. However, the statement directly contradicts other sources, including Turkish officials.

A man holds a poster during a protest organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate on October 8th, 2018, in Istanbul, Turkey. Fears are growing over the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate. Saudi consulate officials have said that Khashoggi went missing after leaving the consulate. However, the statement directly contradicts other sources, including Turkish officials.

Posters of Khashoggi are stuck to a police barricade in front of Saudi Arabia's consulate on October 8th, 2018, in Istanbul, Turkey.

Posters of Khashoggi are stuck to a police barricade in front of Saudi Arabia's consulate on October 8th, 2018, in Istanbul, Turkey.

People hold posters of Khashoggi during a protest organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 5th, 2018, in Istanbul, Turkey.

People hold posters of Khashoggi during a protest organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 5th, 2018, in Istanbul, Turkey.

Members of the press film over a police barricade as a driver waits to take a passenger from the entrance of Saudi Arabia's consulate on October 11th, 2018, in Istanbul, Turkey.

Members of the press film over a police barricade as a driver waits to take a passenger from the entrance of Saudi Arabia's consulate on October 11th, 2018, in Istanbul, Turkey.

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