The training license for the Saudi Royal Guard was first issued in 2014, but there is no evidence that US officials knew about the operation.
Four Saudis involved Washington Post reporter Jam Amal Khashoggi 2018 Last year, the United States conducted military exercises under a contract approved by the State Department, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.
The training was conducted by Tier 1 Group, a privately held joint stock company, Cerberus Capital Management, which was “defensive in nature” and was created to protect Saudi Arabia’s leaders, the Times reported.
Cerberus did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In response to a Times report, State Department spokesman Ned Price said that under the law, the agency could not comment on “any licensed export action in the media.”
Price also said that US policy towards Saudi Arabia “will be a priority for the rule of law and respect for human rights.”
Khashoggi, a U.S. resident who wrote columns for the Washington Post criticizing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, was killed և was dismembered by an operative group connected with the prince, in 2018. in October at the Consulate of the Kingdom in Istanbul,
In February, a U.S. intelligence report said the heir apparent approved of the capture or killing of the journalist.
Cerberus CEO Louis Bremer has reaffirmed his company’s role in training four members of the team that killed Khashoggi last year by answering questions from members of Congress as part of his nomination for the Pentagon’s senior administration under former President Donald Trump.
But lawmakers never received a response, as the Trump administration did not appear to have sent them to Congress before Bremer withdrew his candidacy, according to the Times, which said Bremer provided the document.
Bremer said the US State Department and other government agencies were responsible for inspecting foreign forces trained in the US, the Times reported.
The New York Times reports that there is no evidence that US officials or Tier 1 executives knew that Saudi Arabia had invaded Saudi Arabia.
But he added that the case of Khashoggi shows how “intensely entangled” the United States is with Saudi Arabia “even when its agents committed horrific human rights abuses.”
The statement said that the license to provide military training to the Saudi Royal Guard was first issued by the State Department in 2014, under Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.
The training then continued, at least until Trump’s first year in office.
A recent Yahoo News report by investigative journalist Michael Isikoff also clarified this. The team of Saudi assassins who allegedly killed Khashoggi He reportedly stopped in the Egyptian capital to pick up drugs used to kill dissidents.
The report states that the Gulfstream plane landed in Cairo on October 2, 2018, before landing in Istanbul.
The report did not specify what drugs were used to kill Khashoggi or who provided them to the killers.