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The Post report, citing an unnamed "person familiar with the information", said the intercepted communications showed that as yet unidentified Saudi officials wanted to lure Mr. Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and lay hands on him there.

Wednesday's Turkish media reports were the most detailed accounts yet of what they say is the Turkish government's investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance.

Boot told Lemon, "If these reports are accurate, they lured (Khashoggi) into their consulate in Istanbul on the soil of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation country and killed and dismembered him".

According to the BBC, a few local news outlets have reported that Khashoggi was not killed at all, but had been abducted.

The kingdom has dismissed the allegation as "baseless", but has released no evidence supporting its version of events which is that Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed shortly after entering.

The Daily Sabah published images and security video of the so-called "assassination squad" as they entered the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul where Khashoggi-a prominent Saudi journalist and regime critic-was last seen entering in the same day on October 2.

The administration is "prepared to work with countries that are reducing their imports on a case-by-case basis", the official said. "In reality, neither Saudi Arabia nor any other producer has such a capability", he added.

The release of the photographs and video raises pressure on Saudi Arabia a week after Khashoggi disappeared during a visit to the consulate.

The report also said that the Saudis stayed at the Wyndham and Movenpick hotels in Istanbul, in the same neighbourhood as the Saudi consulate.

The revelation marks a potentially explosive twist in the case of Mr. Khashoggi, 59, who vanished a week ago while visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Groups of men thought to be Saudi are seen entering Turkey via Istanbul airport, checking in at hotels and later leaving the country.

The men are said to have then left for the private jet enclosure Istanbul's Ataturk airport. Both aircraft later returned to Riyadh with one stopping in Dubai and the other in Egypt, it was claimed.

Beyond that, conjecture and anonymous security sources paint a picture of possible abduction and even murder, with the Saudi consulate in Istanbul at the centre of a mystery that has captured the global media's attention.

"Jamal's disappearance is a signpost of a much broader, extraordinarily grave, human rights catastrophe unfolding in Saudi Arabia today", Dyke told MEE.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reported more harrowing details, based on a source who explained that the planned murder was "a quick and complex operation in which Mr. Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate by a team of Saudi agents, who dismembered his body with a bone saw they brought for the objective". He went into self-imposed exile in Washington DC, while also maintaining a base in Turkey.

The Saudi regime denies this.

"I've never been more disturbed than I am right now", Graham said today of the alleged killing that likely occurred in the Saudi Arabian embassy in Turkey. Trump said that Khashoggi's fiancée had sent him a letter and may come to the White House soon. He was at the consulate in order to finalize his divorce so that he could proceed to marry his fiancée. The footage does not show Khashoggi himself leaving the consulate.

Corker said that he had warned the kingdom that its political support in the Senate is "the lowest ever" and that if Saudi officials are responsible for Kashoggi's disappearance, "this would drop it off a cliff".

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