Saudi mulanya berbohong. Mereka membantah Khashoggi dibunuh. Setelah banyak bukti diungkap oleh Turki, Riyadh mengakui Khashoggi tewas karena berkelahi. Lalu mereka mengoreksi Khashoggi memang dibunuh secara keji dan terencana.
"Daesh is a foreign phenomenon in Afghanistan and have foreign agenda. Their conduct with common people was brutal, killing them on mere suspicion while we consider ourselves as servants of our people, recruit from them and live among them," said Taliban spokesperson Suhail Syahin to Albalad.co.