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Saudi Arabia targeted Jamal Khashoggi because the journalist knew about the kingdom's ties to al-Qaeda in the run-up to 9/11, snubbed the Crown Prince and walked away from the inner circle, a former colleague has revealed.
Mr Khashoggi vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain official documents for his upcoming marriage.
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The Washington Post columnist, who was critical of some of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies, had been living in self-imposed exile in the US since late 2017, fearing arrest back home.
For years, the Saudi journalist was a modest voice for progressive change in the conservative Islamic kingdom – and even that got him in trouble.
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But amid reports he was kidnapped or murdered inside the Saudi consulate, author and journalist John R. Bradley – who is also a former colleague of Mr Khashoggi's – has revealed why the kingdom wants him dead.
In an article called for The Spectator, Bradley, who worked alongside Mr Khashoggi at Saudi daily Arab News, reveals Mr Khashoggi 'had dirt' on the kingdom's links to al-Qaeda before the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.
Mr - Khashoggi - Osama - Bin - Laden
Mr Khashoggi befriended Osama bin Laden in the 1980s and 1990s in Afghanistan and Sudan.
At the time, he was employed by Saudi intelligence services to persuade bin Laden to make peace with the Saudi royal family.
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Ultimately, Saudi was the only person outside the royal family who knew intimate details of their links to bin Laden – which Bradley says would have been crucial if Mr Khashoggi escalated his bid to undermine the Crown Prince.
Bradley believes the Saudis may have also worried that he had become a US asset.
Year - Mr - Khashoggi - Party - US
Earlier this year, Mr Khashoggi had established a new political party in the US called Democracy for the Arab World.
But Mr Khashoggi's recent rejection of the offer to return to Saudi...
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