Saudis Preparing to Announce Khashoggi Died in Interrogation: Sources

The Saudi Arabian government is working on a report that would include admitting to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during an interrogation that went wrong in the monarchy’s consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul, sources says, according to Press TV.

The report could implicate those involved in the possible murder operation to portray it as done without clearance and transparency, one source told CNN on Monday.

The CNN report could itself affect the content of such a report before its release and might even be a part of the Saudi crisis management through its sources.

Another source, meanwhile, cautioned that the report is being prepared and subject to change.

Tehran Says American Forces Had Better Exit Syria Soon

TEHRAN-Spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry Bahram Qassemi has stressed that the US military presence in Syria is illegal.

In a press briefing on Monday, Qassemi said that the US presence is "unlawful and in contravention of international regulations" because America has deployed its forces to Syrian territory without the government's permission

"Our advice is that America had better exit Syria at the earliest and refrain from interfering in the [internal] affairs of the country," he added.

The US started an aerial campaign allegedly against what it said were the positions of the Daesh terrorist group in Syria in September 2014. It has had special forces on the ground there as well. Both of those activities have lacked Syrian government permission.

President Rouhani: EU Siding with Iran against US

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani highlighted the country’s political achievements in the international arena following the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal and said the European Union has sided with Tehran against Washington.

Iran has been successful politically and legally in international institutions and before the eyes of the world, Rouhani said during a speech at the University of Tehran on Sunday. 

He further pointed to his recent meetings with EU leaders on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and said the prime minister of “an important European country” told him that five years ago, any move by the EU to side with Iran against the United States seemed impossible because the EU and the US were close allies.

Saudi Arabia Vows Response If Khashoggi Case Triggers Sanctions

Reconciliation with Iran Possible If Sanctions Imposed: Riyadh

As global pressure mounts on Saudi Arabia to hold the kingdom responsible over the fate of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a new report indicates that Riyadh is preparing a list of countermeasures, including reconciliation with Iran, to push back against possible punishments.

According to Press TV, Saudi Arabia’s al-Arabiya news network reported Sunday that the kingdom’s officials had thought of “over 30 measures” as part of their preventive plan.

The report, written by the network’s General Manager Turki Aldakhil, stated: “Imposing any type of sanctions on Saudi Arabia by the West will cause the kingdom to resort to other options.”

Sayyed Nasrallah Mourns Um Imad, Responds To Trump Speech

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah delivered a speech on Friday during a ceremony held after three days of Um Imad’s – mother of martyred resistance leader Hajj Imad moughnieh – departure.

Um Imad (Hajje Amena Salameh) passed away on Monday at the age of 80 after having spent a life of sacrifice and patience for the sake of Islam and Freedom.

Sayyed Nasrallah stressed, according to an official translation by Taha Moughnieh, al-Manar TV Website, on the significant and active role that Um Imad played in the path of resistance and Islam since she was a young girl indicating that “As Imam Khomeini said ‘The role of the women is similar to that of the Quran, they are both entitled to build the human being’ and Um Imad as a mother played her role perfectly”.

“Um Imad offered us the great leader Hajj Imad Moughnieh, not just by bringing him to life but by raising him to become who he is,” his eminence added.

“Beside her role as a mother, she was an essential part in the establishment of several NGOs since the beginning of the resistance… her house was more like a house for Hezbollah, specifically after the martyrdom of Hajj Imad and while the resistance was passing through a sensitive period,” Sayyed Nasrallah noted.