#AceWorldNews – SAUDI ARABIA – April 16 – Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, has been removed from his post “at his own request”, state media report.
Prince Bandar, King Abdullah’s nephew and a former ambassador to the US, recently returned to Riyadh after two months abroad for medical treatment.
The 65 year old has been replaced by his deputy, Gen Youssef al-Idrissi.
His departure comes months after he was quoted warning of a “major shift” from the US over its Middle East policy.
Largely in protest over Washington’s reluctance to get involved militarily in Syria, he reportedly told European diplomats in October that Saudi Arabia would be scaling back its co-operation with the CIA over arming and training rebel groups seeking to topple President Bashar al-Assad (BBC).