Fifteen tons of fireworks. Jugs of kerosene and acid. Thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate. A system of corruption and bribes let the perfect bomb sit for years.
Ben 😷 HubbardNEW from the @nytimes international/graphics dream team:
How corruption and dysfunction in Lebanon's government and the port of Beirut allowed the accidental assembly of a massive bomb - and how it blew up, second by second.
To try to force a former Saudi intelligence officer to return to the kingdom, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman asked for his help, targeted his family and sought to have him arrested abroad.
Ben 😷 HubbardNEW: How MBS tried to coax a former Saudi intelligence officer home by asking for his help, offering him a job, threatening to have him arrested abroad and filing an Interpol notice.
None of it worked, so the kingdom detained the man's adult children.