Unconfirmed: Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar assassinated, report says
[Iran PressTV] Soddy Arabia
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...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in their national face...
n spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has been assassinated, a report says.
The Gay Paree-based Voltaire Network confirmed the death of 63-year-old Prince Bandar on its website on Monday, citing unofficial sources.
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The international non-profit organization, which publishes a free website (voltairenet.org) in eight languages, said that Prince Bandar was killed because of his role in the July 18 deadly bombing in Damascus
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The bombing killed at least four high-profile Syrian security officials, including Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha and his deputy Assef Shawkat who was also Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
Light of the Alawites...
there's more than one way to skin a cat...
there has been no confirmation or denial neither from Saudi officials nor from the Syrian government yet.
Bandar, who was Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States from 1983 to 2005, was named the kingdom's Secretary General of the National Security Council in 2005. On 19 July 2012, he was appointed Director General of the Saudi Intelligence Agency by King Abdullah.
Many said his promotion was a reward for the role he played in organizing the attack in Damascus, the organization reported.
Saudi silence on intelligence chief Bandar's fate denotes panic
| Debka adds interesting speculation:|
Disquiet in Washington, Jerusalem and a row of Middle East capitals is gaining ground the longer the Saudi government stays silent on the reports of the assassination of the newly-appointed Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, purportedly in a revenge operation by a Syrian intelligence death squad. If true, it would shoot a devastating tentacle out from the Syrian conflict to the broader region.
It is widely feared that Saudi rulers are too traumatized to respond by the fear of Iranian penetration of the highest and most closely guarded circles of Saudi government, possibly climaxing in Bandar's assassination.
The prince, son of the late crown prince Sultan, has not been seen in public since Saudi General Intelligence headquarters in Riyadh was hit by a bomb blast Monday, July 23 killing his deputy, Mashaal al-Qarni.
Posted by: trailing wife 2012-07-31