Khashoggi affair sets a high-stakes challenge for the Saudis' allies

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The journalist’s disappearance triggers big strategic questions and troubling memories in the west

Jamal Khashoggi’s fate is still unknown, but the repercussions of the Saudi journalist’s disappearance and reports of his killing are being felt around the Middle East, challenging US and western policy and fuelling regional tensions – while raising troubling questions about the future of the conservative kingdom.

For 10 days now, leaks and rumours from Turkish and other sources about what happened to Khashoggi in his country’s Istanbul consulate have met with blanket denials of wrongdoing from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman himself and the army of loyal Twitter warriors who turn any accusation into a vicious battle of narratives.

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