Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The role of prince Bandar in the Syrian uprising

Recently the Wall Street Journal published an article (A Veteran Saudi Power Player Works To Build Support to Topple Assad) in which it claims that the Saudi prince Bandar only recently got involved in the Syrian uprising when he became head of Saudi intelligence. Several others have copied this claim.

As far as I can see this is wrong. Bandar was named from the very beginning as the mover behind the Syrian uprising. So it seems that Bandar's promotion is rather an indication how much importance the Saudi king Abdullah attached to getting rid of Assad. Two articles stand out in this respect: US, Israeli, Saudi involvement in Syrian uprising and Media sources reveal details of a conspiracy by Bandar Bin Sultan and Feltman to "destroy" Syria. The author of the first article is Haytham Manna, a prominent Syrian opposition activist.

The link to the latter article is now dead. However, here you can find a copy. It is also discussed and quoted in its entirety in one of the Stratfor Wikileaks files.

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