ANKARA, Turkey — One is the chief of forensic proof at Saudi Arabia’s inner safety company. One other is an officer within the Saudi particular forces who posted footage of himself on social media posing in a front room with a shiny stainless-steel handgun.
Two others seem like members of the Saudi royal guard, pictured in a Saudi newspaper subsequent to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
All 4 have been amongst 15 males that Turkish officers, talking on situation of anonymity, have recognized as Saudi operatives who flew final week to Istanbul in pursuit of Jamal Khashoggi, a political dissident, who has not been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate there on Oct. 2. Turkish officers say that Mr. Khashoggi was killed on the consulate and that his physique was dismembered and brought away — an allegation that the Saudi authorities has vehemently denied.
Mr. Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi commentator, United States resident and Washington Submit columnist, had grow to be a distinguished critic of the dominion’s present rulers. Saudi leaders, together with Prince Mohammed himself, have mentioned that Mr. Khashoggi left the consulate freely, shortly after he entered, and that they don’t have any information of his destiny.
Turkish officers have cited confidential intelligence establishing that he’s useless, however declined to publicize the proof.
Now, disclosure of the names of the Saudi operatives who flew into Turkey, solely to go away once more hours later, seems to be a part of a gradual stream of leaks from the Turkish authorities meant to place stress on the Saudis to confess that Mr. Khashoggi had been killed, and to spur wider worldwide outrage. Turkish officers recognized the 15 males this week to each a Turkish newspaper and to The New York Instances.
After days of noncommunication, Saudi officers on Tuesday started for the primary time to contact Turkish counterparts for secret talks about resolving the matter, and the Saudis have informed Washington that they imagine they’ll clean over the problem, in accordance with each Turkish and American officers briefed on the discussions.
Turkish officers have mentioned that they, too, hope to keep away from a face-off with Saudi Arabia, one other main regional energy.
However the leaks of the names and different data additionally threaten to make it more durable for either side to avoid wasting face — for instance, by a compromise through which the Saudis would acknowledge the killing of Mr. Khashoggi however blame it on rogue actors or an unauthorized operation.
A number of Saudis on the checklist supplied by the Turks seem to have public ties to the Saudi management and even the crown prince himself, who doubles because the protection minister and has been described as the facility behind the throne of his father, King Salman. With the assistance of beginner researchers on Twitter, The Instances was in a position to match lots of the Saudis with publicly accessible pictures and biographical particulars.
If these 15 males killed Mr. Khashoggi on the orders of the Saudi royal court docket, as Turkish officers have charged, the simple identification of the assassins signifies that they did little to cowl their tracks — that they have been both careless or needed their actions to be found, maybe to intimidate others.
The Turkish newspaper Sabah revealed photographs of all 15 Saudis. One seems to be Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, who was born in 1971 and is the chief of forensic evidence within the public safety directorate of the Inside Ministry; Turkish officers have mentioned that the Saudi crew arrived ready to dismember Mr. Khashoggi’s physique for elimination from the consulate, and Mr. Tubaigy was presumably despatched to assist handle disposal and cleanup.
Naif Hassan al-Arifi, born in 1986, matches an officer within the Saudi particular forces who likes to submit footage on social media posing together with his weapons. Muhammed Saad al-Zahrani and Thaar Ghaleb al-Harbi have been each pictured standing with Prince Mohammed in a video posted on-line by a pro-government Saudi information group. Mr. Harbi was reportedly promoted to lieutenant final October for his position in defending the crown prince’s palace in Jedda from an assault of some form.
Meshal Saad al-Bostani seems to be a Saudi Air Drive lieutenant who was born in 1987 and studied on the College of Louisville. Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb seems to be an officer within the Saudi intelligence service who was beforehand stationed as a diplomat within the Saudi embassy in Britain.
Mansour Othman Aba Husein was promoted in February to the rank of colonel in a civil protection pressure, in accordance with a tweet by a pal. Waleed Abdullah al-Shehri, born in 1980, was promoted final 12 months to main within the air pressure. Main Shehri may have aspired to jot down poetry; he seems in footage from 2012 of an Emirati actuality tv competitors for beginner poets.
It was unclear what rapid influence the disclosures might need on the unfolding discussions between Saudi Arabia, Turkey and probably Washington over resolutions to the dispute.
Saudi officers have mentioned that they’re keen to open the Istanbul consulate to police inspection. The Turkish authorities have been reportedly ready to herald well-equipped forensic groups to scour for clues.
Greater than every week after Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance, nevertheless, Turkish officers say they’ve little hope of acquiring important new proof. There have been additionally conflicting experiences on Wednesday about when the promised inspection would possibly really happen.
David D. Kirkpatrick reported from Ankara, and Malachy Browne from New York. Reporting was contributed by Eric Schmitt and Christiaan Triebert from Washington, and Ben Hubbard and Hwaida Saad from Beirut, Lebanon.