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Treasury Sanctions Saudi Officials and ‘Tiger Squad’ Members Over Khashoggi Killing

The Treasury Department on Friday imposed asset-freeze and prohibition-of-business sanctions against Saudi officials after a government report implicated them in the slaying of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The sanctions target Ahmad Hassan Mohammed al Asiri, Saudi Arabia’s former Deputy Head of General Intelligence Presidency, and Saudi Arabia’s Rapid Intervention Force (RIF), also known as the “Tiger Squad.” Treasury said in an announcement Friday that al Asiri was the “ringleader” responsible for dispatching a 15-man hit squad to murder and dismember Khashoggi in October 2018 inside the Saudi Consulate in Turkey. Several members of the team sent to intercept Khashoggi were members of the “Tiger Squad,” according to the announcement. “Those involved in the abhorrent killing of Jamal Khashoggi must be held accountable. With this action, Treasury is sanctioning Saudi Arabia’s Rapid Intervention Force and a senior Saudi official who was directly involved in Jamal Khashoggi’s murder,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a …

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