Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ructions in Riyadh

Saudi Press Agency --

A royal order announced here today that Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz was relieved of his post as Chief of General Intelligence upon his request and that General Staff Yousif bin Ali Al-Idreesi was assigned to act as Chief of General Intelligence. The royal order will be carried out by the concerned authorities with immediate effect.

It's not clear how to interpret this. General Al-Idreesi was Bandar's deputy so it looks like an orderly succession but for a man carrying the nickname Bandar Bush, not to mention being in charge of the botched support to the Syrian rebels, nothing is likely to be orderly.