The horrific slaughter of the Saudi journalist-turned-exile Jamal Khashoggi by a group of assassins dispatched by Riyadh to Istanbul is a pointed reminder that Saudi Arabia is the original and unadulterated Islamic State. A despotic regime every bit the equal in cruelty and barbarism as its upstart challenger in Syria. From an exclusive by The Middle East Eye:
It took seven minutes for Jamal Khashoggi to die, a Turkish source who has listened in full to an audio recording of the Saudi journalist’s last moments told Middle East Eye.
Khashoggi was dragged from the consul-general’s office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and onto the table of his study next door…
Horrendous screams were then heard by a witness downstairs, the source said.
The screaming stopped when Khashoggi – who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate on 2 October – was injected with an as yet unknown substance.
Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, who has been identified as the head of forensic evidence in the Saudi general security department, was one of the 15-member squad who arrived in Ankara earlier that day on a private jet.
Tubaigy began to cut Khashoggi’s body up on a table in the study while he was still alive, the Turkish source said.
As he started to dismember the body, Tubaigy put on earphones and listened to music. He advised other members of the squad to do the same.
This is the true face of the House of Saud, a dynasty and associated nation-sate that is rotten to the very core.