Wednesday Oct 09, 201312:45 AM GMT
US may ask Saudi to fire Bandar over Syria: Report
Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Saudi spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Saudi Arabia may sack spy chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the request of Washington for entangling the United States in the Syrian crisis, a report says.


The decision to remove the chief of the Saudi intelligence services could come in an unexpected royal decree by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud by the end of November, the report quoted unnamed political sources in the kingdom.

The House of Saud despises the spymaster and has been skeptical of his policies on many occasions.

On August 29, a Mint Press News report quoted Syrians in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta as saying that Saudi Arabia provided chemical weapons for an al-Qaeda linked terrorist group, which they blame for an August chemical attack in the region.

The report, co-authored by Associated Press correspondent in the Middle East Dale Gavlak, said interviews with doctors, residents, anti-government forces and their families in Ghouta suggest the terrorists in question received chemical weapons via the Saudi spy chief.

Gavlak received threats 48 hours after revealing the story. She said that the “threats came from a third party who was most likely acting on behalf of” Bandar.

Following the August 21 chemical attack, US stepped up its war rhetoric against the Syrian government and called for punitive military action against Damascus, after the militants operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition accused the army of being behind the attack.

Damascus, however, has strongly denied the accusation, saying the attack was a false-flag operation carried out by Takfiri groups in a bid to draw in foreign military intervention.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced in the violence.


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