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Is Saudi Arabia on the edge? Bandar “Bush” is Alive!!

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Washington Post: By , Monday, August 6, 7:43 AM

By appointing Prince Bandar bin Sultan as its new intelligence chief, Saudi Arabia has installed what looks like a war cabinet at a time of rising tensions with Iran and growing internal dissent from its Shiite minority.

The Saudis have also heightened their alert level in other ways to prepare for possible regional conflict. Some Saudi military and security personnel were mobilized last month — called back from summer leaveor told to cancel planned vacations. One explanation of the mobilization making the rounds in Riyadh is that the Saudis expected that Turkey might retaliate against Syria for the shoot-down of one of its fighters in late June.

The installation of a new intelligence chief came as Saudi Arabia was stepping up its support for insurgents in Syria seeking to topple the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. In this covert effort, the Saudis are working with the United States, France, Turkey, Jordan and other nations that want Assad out.

Bandar will succeed Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz, who was barely visible in the West during his years as Saudi intelligence chief. This led to widespread comment that Muqrin had been fired, but he is said to retain the confidence of King Abdullah, who will use him as a special emissary to Pakistan and other Muslim nations where Muqrin’s traditional Saudi demeanor will be useful.


Posted by on August 5, 2012. Filed under Asia,Extremism,Islamists,Saudi Arabia,War. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

2 Responses to Is Saudi Arabia on the edge? Bandar “Bush” is Alive!!

  1. Rafiq A. Tschannen

    August 6, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Let us see Bandar Bush, at least on live TV…

  2. Zubair Khan

    August 6, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Same I also wish. All seems to be game of political wits. US and KSA two faces of same coin. Such a tall claim about Bandar can not be made without concrete proof. When claimed to have be killed he was already chief of Saudi Intelligence.

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