Canada sanctions 17 Saudi nationals over Jamal Khashoggi murder

Pompeo: No Direct Link Between Crown Prince, Khashoggi Death

In remarks prepared for Wednesday, Pompeo says, "The first mission is to assist the Saudis and the Emiratis in their fight against Iranian-backed Houthi fighters".

The Senate was to take a procedural vote later Wednesday on whether to consider a resolution that would end US assistance for the conflict that human rights advocates say is wreaking havoc on the country and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing.

The procedural vote received more Republican support than had been expected after the resolution, sponsored by Republican Sen.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that "some kind of response" was needed from the United States for the Saudis' role in Khashoggi's gruesome death. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, drew a mix of Democrats and Republicans who had grown uneasy with USA involvement in the Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, fell six votes short of passage earlier this year. The administration "did not win any votes", he said, and there was a lot of frustration that CIA Director Gina Haspel did not attend. The CIA has the latest intelligence assessment of Khashoggi's murder.

Pompeo spoke to reporters after he and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the Senate behind closed doors that weakening US-Saudi ties over the killing would hurt national security.

Pompeo: No Direct Link Between Crown Prince, Khashoggi Death

"Saudi Arabia is working to secure Iraq's fragile democracy and keep Baghdad tethered to the West's interests, not Tehran's...is helping manage the flood of refugees fleeing Syria...cooperating closely with Egypt, and establishing stronger ties with Israel...and has also contributed millions of dollars to the US-led effort to fight Islamic State and other terrorist organisations", Mr Pompeo wrote as he made the case for strategic relations between USA and Saudi Arabia.

Senators are set to question top Trump administration officials at a closed-door briefing about the USA response to Saudi Arabia over the killing of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL' khahr-SHOHK'-jee).

Mr Pompeo, a hawk on Iran, said "Saudi Arabia, like the United States - and unlike these critics - recognises the vast threat the Islamic Republic of Iran poses to the world".

Because of the administration's handling of Khashoggi and Saudi Arabia, Graham voted for the Yemen resolution - after switching his vote. "Tehran has shown no genuine interest in a diplomatic solution to the Yemen conflict".

That general has since been named by The New York Times as, who was promoted to Saudi intelligence past year. "I'm not going to blow past this", he said. It will be one of the subjects we will talk about among Europeans. UNICEF has declared it the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

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