Conflicting accounts of the killing of General Abdulaziz al-Faghem and an irregular confirmation of his death by official sources have led to a rise in speculation that foul play was involved, or at worst a coup within the House of Saud.
King Salman appoints Ibrahim al Assaf in a cabinet reshuffle replacing Adel al Jubeir who played a key role in leading Riyadh’s response to writer Jamal Khashoggi's killing at its Istanbul consulate.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman may walk away unscathed, while Jamal Khashoggi, innocent critic and journalist is now confirmed dead. It remains to be seen whether he will be able to distance himself from a fiasco the world is convinced he masterminded.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz stressed forming a joint working group to probe the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, says a Turkish presidential source.
"I love the king, King Salman, but I said, 'King, we're protecting you,'" Trump says at a campaign rally in Mississippi, without elaborating on when he spoke to King Salman bin Abdulaziz.
Afghan officials say the Taliban killed eight police in two separate attacks in Afghanistan on Thursday. The news comes as calls continue for the extension of an Eid al Fitr ceasefire, and a renewed offer of peace from Kabul.
Trump and Saudi King Salman accused Iran of spreading "terrorism" during a gathering of leaders from 50 Muslim-majority countries.
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