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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Salman bin Sultan Named Saudi Deputy Defense Minister

Prince Salman bin Sultan, son of the late Saudi Crown Prince and longtime Defense Minister Prince Sultan bin ‘Abd al-‘Aziz, has been named Deputy Minister of Defense by King ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abd al-‘Aziz. The move returns a son of Prince Sultan to the Deputy Defense Ministry post a few months after the removal of his brother Prince Khalid bin Sultan; a less senior royal had held the job in the interim. Another son of Prince Sultan, Bandar bin Sultan, longtime Ambassador to the US, is currently intelligence chief after a period of eclipse.

The current Crown Prince, Salman bin ‘Abd al-‘Aziz, is the Minister of Defense.

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