NYT: Saudi Crown Prince Launched Secret Campaign To Silence Dissenters Prior To Khashoggi Murder

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched a covert campaign to silence dissenters more than a year before the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the New York Times reported Sunday.

American officials with knowledge of classified reports told the Times that the group of operatives which killed and dismembered Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October carried out several other missions against dissidents.

According to the officials, who called the group the Saudi Rapid Intervention Group, members of the team were involved in at least a dozen operations starting in 2017.

Missions included forcibly repatriating Saudis from other Arab countries and detaining and abusing prisoners, the Times reported.

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