Trump administration

Report: CIA Director Gina Haspel flies to Turkey amid Khashoggi fallout

Gina Haspel, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, stands after being sworn-in during a ceremony at CIA Headquarters
CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images

CIA Director Gina Haspel flew to Turkey Monday, a day before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to release the results of its investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, sources told Reuters and the Washington Post.

Why it matters: Earlier Monday, President Trump said that he is "not satisfied" with how Saudi Arabia has handled the Khashoggi controversy, and that he has "top intelligence people" in both Turkey and Saudi Arabia working to bring back more concrete answers. Haspel's visit shows the seniority of the type of officials the U.S. has dispatched to deal with the issue.

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As sanctions loom, Iran given more time to combat terrorist financing

 Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif delivers a speech to the parliament in Tehran on October 7, 2018, over the a bill to counter terrorist financing.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif delivers a speech to parliament in Tehran on October 7, 2018, on a bill to counter terrorist financing. Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

On Oct. 19, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental organization that sets standards for countries to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, gave Iran an extension until February 2019 to implement its plan to address “strategic deficiencies” in these areas.

Why it matters: The U.S., which currently holds the FATF presidency and wants to impose “unprecedented financial pressure” on Iran, almost certainly opposed the extension. Washington’s inability to carry the debate demonstrates the diplomatic shortcomings of its unilateral approach to Iran.