Missing Saudi journalist graduated from Indiana State

In this Feb. 1, 2015, file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
Investigation into missing journalist
Indiana connection to missing journalist

A Saudi journalist who disappeared after walking into the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul last week has Indiana ties.

Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post, attended Indiana State University from 1977 - 1982, getting a degree in business administration May 7, 1983.

"Indiana State University officials’ thoughts are with the family and colleagues of missing journalist and alumnus Jamal Khashoggi during this difficult time," a university spokesperson said in a statement to WTHR.

Khashoggi had written a series of columns for the Washington Post that were critical of Saudi Arabia's assertive Prince Mohammed, who has led a widely publicized drive to reform the conservative Sunni monarchy but has also presided over the arrests of activists and businessmen.

There are concerns that Khashoggi's critical articles may have made him a target for assassination.

Members of Congress have grown increasingly insistent in recent days that the Trump administration get to the bottom of Khashoggi's disappearance, putting the Trump administration in a difficult position as the Saudi government has become an ever-closer U.S. ally under President Donald Trump.

Angry lawmakers likely won't cause the administration to turn away from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. But they could throw a wrench into arms sales that require their approval and demand the U.S. scale back support for the Saudi military campaign against Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.

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