Revealed: The Saudi death squad MBS uses to silence dissent
Abu Sneineh, Mustafahttp://www.middleeasteye.net/tiger-squad-saudi-hitmen-khashoggi-mbs
Publisher: Middle East Eye
Date Written: 22/10/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23069
The MEE reveals information from a Saudi source with intimate knowledge of the Saudi intelligence services, about a death squad that operates under the guidance and supervision of Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The tiger squad's mission is to covertly assassinate Saudi dissidents, inside the kingdom and on foreign soil, in a way that goes unnoticed by the media, the international community and politicians, the source said.
"They [the Saudi leadership] have the belief that arresting critics will mount pressure on them, so that's why they started assassinating them quietly," the source said.
The tiger squad's assassination methods vary.
Sometimes it gets its hands dirty, such as with Khashoggi, who was tortured, murdered and dismembered by the tiger squad in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.
But the unit also plans assassinations that keep the victim at arm's length, and are intended to appear as accidents, such as a car crash or housefire. The tiger squad has even had a dissident injected with deadly viruses as he visited hospital for a routine checkup, the source said.