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Saudi Arabia grants Lebanon’s army $1 bln in aid

Posted by seumasach on August 6, 2014

This appears to confirm a major shift in Saudi policy away from support for Islamist groups

6th August, 2014

RIYADH, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has granted $1 billion in aid to Lebanese armed forces, state news agency SPA said, as they battle Islamist militants who seized a border town in the worst spillover yet from Syria’s three-year-old civil war.

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Obama’s Iran policy wins key point: Saudis drop its lead antagonist Prince Bandar

Posted by seumasach on February 20, 2014


19th February, 2014

The live wire of the Saudi royal house’s drive against President Barack Obama’s détente with Tehran has been dropped. Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s National Security Adviser and Intelligence Director, has not been seen for more than a month. He was reported by DEBKAfile’s US and Saudi sources Wednesday, Feb. 19, to have been removed from the tight policy-making circle in Riyadh.

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Saudi Arabia replaces Bandar

Posted by seumasach on February 20, 2014

“Prince Miteb and Mohammed bin Nayef, they are in charge,” the adviser said. The world will see a “new strategy for Syria—quieter, more open, not too extreme. There will be more politics to it, and probably much less military.”

Saudi Arabia Replaces Key Official in Effort to Arm Syria Rebels

Wall Street Journal

19th February, 2014

Saudi Arabia has sidelined its veteran intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, as leader of the kingdom’s efforts to arm and fund Syrian rebels, replacing him with another prince well-regarded by U.S. officials for his successes fighting al-Qaeda, Saudi royal advisers said this week.

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Barclays in US probe over links to Saudi prince

Posted by seumasach on May 11, 2013

Once again City of London activities are coming under US scrutiny. The City-Saudi connection gains heightened relevance given the US initiated Syrian peace process and its reining-in of those parties continuing to support the “rebels”


11th May, 2013


A prominent member of the Saudi royal family is at the heart of a US criminal probe into whether Barclays made improper payments in the kingdom, with investigators scrutinising two separate incidents linked to a son of King Abdullah.

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Saudis urge release of political prisoners

Posted by seumasach on July 2, 2011

After running into one or two obstacles, the Arab Spring seems to be back on course.


2nd July, 2011

Saudi protesters have taken to the streets in the eastern city of Qatif in Saudi Arabia, demanding the release of political prisoners in the Arab country.

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Generational rage in the House of Saud

Posted by seumasach on March 11, 2011

Brian M.Downing

Asia Times

11th March, 2011

World attention is rightly fixed on the fighting in Libya, but events in Saudi Arabia slated for Friday, March 11, might well take precedent. Young Saudis are mobilizing for “day of rage” demonstrations calling for political reforms but the regime has warned against any such gatherings. A confrontation with immense geopolitical and economic import is nearing. Capitals and bourses are watching anxiously. The outcome is of course unclear, but a look at the dramatis personae and possible developments might be attempted.

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