Saudis Face Fresh Scrutiny Over Khashoggi Murder, Yemen War

Crown Prince admits he bears 'all the responsibility' for the murder

The UN General Assembly week is always an awkward time for Saudi Arabia. Even this year, with Saudi efforts to make everything about bolstering anti-Iran sentiment, they couldn’t help but face fresh scrutiny both about civilian casualties in Yemen, and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Saudis have been ducking culpability in Yemen for years, and the UN Hman Rights Council is once again documenting atrocities by all sides. The Saudis tried, and failed, to cut short the UN investigation.

That’s a noteworthy defeat, as in previous years, deep Western support and desire to lucrative arms sales meant the Saudis were able to get the UN to quietly sweep everything under the rug.

And while the Trump Administration continues to ignore the Khashoggi murder, it’s clear everyone else remembers. This forced Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to admit, in an upcoming documentary, that he bears “all the responsibility” for what happened, while continuing to insist he didn’t know ahead of time Khashoggi was going to be strangled to death and dismembered in a Saudi consulate.

Khashoggi was a critic of Saudi policy who lived in exile, and was killed at the consulate by a “kill team” which included a lot of close associates of the prince, making his denial of knowledge hard to believe.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of