Yesterday, just weeks after the time Al Arabiya announced Prince Bandar bin Sultan would resume his duties as head of Saudi intelligence (and therefore the mastermind of the Saudi-backed effort to oust Bashar al-Assad), Bandar was replaced by a little-known deputy. He had resumed his position in March, just two days before the President visited […]
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Iraq has been seeping back into the headlines lately, as civilian deaths there have now reached a level last seen in 2008. What is striking about this increase is that it did not occur until almost 18 months after the last US troops left Iraq. Here is a screen capture of the latest data on […]
Back in July, Bandar bin Sultan met with Vladimir Putin. As part of an effort to buy off Putin’s support of Bashar al-Assad, Bandar allegedly promised to be able to prevent terrorist attacks tied to the Sochi Olympics. As an example, I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics in the city […]
Back in October, in response to the Saudis taking their toys and going home from the UN, I warned, “I worry they disengaged from the UN because they are considering alternative means of pursuing their interests, means that would be loudly condemned in that body.” Yesterday, Dick Cheney lackey John Hannah wrote a remarkable screed […]
I’m working on a longer post on how Saudi King Abdullah took all his toys and went home because we wouldn’t start an illegal war at his behest. But for the moment, I want to look at a passage from this article reporting a Bandar bin Sultan tantrum. Diplomats and officials familiar with events recounted […]
As a reminder, it is fundraising week Chez Emptywheel. Please help support our work if you can. In my questioning of the Administration’s case on Syria, I have focused on holes within their own story — inconsistent numbers, claims about chain-of-command even while boasting of a hundred defections, false assurances about the reliability of the […]
A few details of Louis Freeh’s defense of Bandar point more directly at the US President’s cooperation with Bandar (and the Saudis) on covert ops.
The Guardian reports that Bandar allegedly threatened Tony Blair to force him to halt an investigation into BAE-related bribes of Bandar.
Jeff Sessions is almost certainly not going to be prosecuted for perjury. But that doesn’t mean the exposure of his non-disclosure of Russian ties isn’t important.