Khashoggi Murderers Reportedly Trained in U.S. With State Department

Story Highlights
  • Four military personnel of Saudi Arabia's Rapid Intervention Force were trained by Tier 1 Group in 2017 suggest reports
  • Tier 1 Group executive denies involvement of their trainees in Khashoggi execution
  • The Rapid Intervention Force’s possible ties to Tier 1 were first revealed by the Washington Post in 2019

World: Ever since Khashoggi was murdered in the premises of the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul, Saudi Arabian state of affairs have been under trials after US President Biden imposed a sanction on big shots of the Kingdom. 

A news report surfaced revealing the involvement of 4 members of  Saudi Arabia’s Rapid Intervention Force in the murder of columnist for The Washington Post.

Citing documents from an anonymous source, the New York Times reported that four members of Saudi Arabia’s Rapid Intervention Force were trained in marksmanship and defence by Arkansas security contractor Tier 1 Group in 2017. 

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Following which a year later, Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi Assembly in Istanbul.

The Tier Group 1 executive in an official statement scrapped webs between murders of the Arab Journalist and  Saudi Arabia’s Rapid Intervention Force trainees. It is reported that the State Department issued a license allowing Tier 1 Group to train Saudi government operatives for several years.

 In a statement, State Department spokesperson Ned Price didn’t comment on Tier 1 Group’s licensing status, citing federal law, but said “we are committed to working together to help [Saudi Arabia] strengthen its defences.” 

Jamal Khashoggi, an Arab Journalist and a former columnist of the Washington Post. His frequent criticism of the Saudi Royal Family added to longstanding bitterness of the US-Saudi ties. 

 The United States has worked with Saudi Arabia on security and counterterrorism for decades. However, the kingdom’s human rights violations in Yemen have portrayed Saudi Arabia  as a problematic ally.

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