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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bandar Relieved of Intelligence Post

Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan has been relieved of his post as Director of Saudi General Intelligence, the Kingdom announced today. The announcement of the Royal Order indicated that Bandar had been relieved "at his request" and that General Yusuf bin ‘Ali al-Idrisi would act as head of General Intelligence.

The move follows reports in February that responsibility for Syrian affairs had been transferred from Bandar to Interior Minister Muhammad bin Nayef.

Bandar has also been abroad for several months recovering from medical treatment.

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