Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Bandar is 'the son of a former slave girl.' (Foreign Policy)

On 16 November 2010, the Saudi Press Agency reported that Prince Bandar bin Sultan was back in Saudi Arabia.

"Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz, Chief of Saudi Intelligence, welcomed Prince Bandar home at the airport." (Bandar Is Back - By Simon Henderson Foreign Policy)

Around 2008, Prince Bandar bin Sultan disappeared.

There were reports that Bandar, who is believed to be a CIA asset, was in jail. (The Missing Prince « LRB blog)

There were also reports that Bandar was busy masterminding CIA activities in Iraq and funding CIA-linked Sunni Islamist groups in Lebanon in an attempt to undermine Hezbollah. (Bandar Is Back - By Simon Henderson Foreign Policy)

Reportedly, "Secretary-General of the Saudi National Security Council (NSC) Prince Bandar Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz is said to be cooperating now with his uncle 2nd Deputy PM and Interior Minister Prince Nayef on issues related to Al-Qaeda (the CIA) in Yemen and the Gulf region." (Prince Bandar Can't Go Home to Aspen.)

Bandar and Bush

Bandar, Saudi ambassador to the United States from 1983 to 2005, has a $135 million luxury home in Aspen, in the USA. (Prince Bandar Can't Go Home to Aspen.)

Two biographies reported that Bandar has had problems with alcohol and depression.

David B. Ottaway, in The King's Messenger, described Bandar as a "more than occasional drinker."

William Simpson, in The Prince: The Secret Story of the World's Most Intriguing Royal, reported that Bandar, in the mid-1990s, suffered his "first period of full-blown depression."

Reportedly, Bandar recently underwent two operations at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and then spent time convalescing in Morocco. (Bandar Is Back - By Simon Henderson Foreign Policy)

Bandar may be back to help with the problem of the succession.

Who will be king after Abdullah, and who will be the king after that?

Bandar is said to be talented at deal making. (Bandar Is Back - By Simon Henderson Foreign Policy)

King Abdullah is 87 and his designated successor, Crown Prince Sultan, is 86.

The next in line is Prince Nayef, 77, the minister of interior.

Nayef publicly claimed the 9/11 attacks were carried out by Jews. (Bandar Is Back - By Simon Henderson Foreign Policy)

The succession will likely soon pass to the younger generation.

Which branch of the Saud family will emerge on top?

According to sources within the royal family (Bandar Is Back - By Simon Henderson Foreign Policy):

The foreign-minister position will go to Turki al-Faisal, 65.

Prince Turki was the Saudi intelligence chief until 2001.


Turki's 69-year-old brother Khalid "will most likely emerge as a future king." (Bandar Is Back - By Simon Henderson Foreign Policy)

Khalid is a friend of Britain's Prince Charles.

Prince Nayef is expected to be made crown prince upon Sultan's death or even before.

But Nayef is said to be still recovering from cancer.





musique said...

dubya's BFF!

retank said...

My favorite Saudi. I use to deliver lost airline luggage from the DIA faulty baggage system back in the 90s. I use to always wonder who all these guys were driving the Mercedes and wearing turbans and shawls around the Rocky mountains. It wasn't until ten years later I figured that out.
I'd run into them alot at convenience stores late at night,since I would make sometimes 300 mile, 12-14 hour delivery runs
They always smirked at me in my bat up little truck,hehe.

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