Khashoggi friend says journalist angered Saudi government with column
To the contrary, Khashoggi kept up his criticisms of Saudi policy. In his last column for the Post, published Sept. 13, Khashoggi crossed another red line when he criticized the Saudi military campaign in Yemen, writing that it was undermining Saudi Arabia’s standing internationally and calling for an end to the conflict. “The longer this cruel war lasts in Yemen, the more permanent the damage will be,” he wrote.
It marked another turning point for Khashoggi, who had in the past supported the Saudi effort in Yemen to counter the influence of the country’s mortal enemy in Iran.
And Saffuri said he believes the crown prince and the Saudis may well have felt emboldened by Trump’s attacks on journalists as the “enemy of the people.”