Saudi spy chief relieved of his post by royal order

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 16 (UPI) -- Prince Bandar Bin Sultan was removed from his position as Chief of General Intelligence on Tuesday following a royal decree.
JC Finley

Russia's defense talks with Egypt part of regional arms drive

CAIRO, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Russia's discussions with Egypt on a $3 billion arms deal underlines a major drive by Moscow to boost arms sales in the Middle East as it strives to upgrade its once powerful defense industry with a 10-year, $755 billion spending program.
Commentary: Talibanized Pakistan?

Commentary: Talibanized Pakistan?

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Pakistan to transfer nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia for cash and cheap oil while the army edges to center stage to head off the Talibanization of its political life.

Hagel seeks to reassure gulf states amid interest in F-35

MANAMA, Bahrain, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel toured the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf last week reassuring them the United States is not abandoning them while seeking a rapprochement with Iran, their main rival, and one way to do that is make available advanced weapons systems that have long been withheld.

Slaying of Hezbollah chief sharpens Lebanese tensions

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The assassination Tuesday of a senior Hezbollah commander in Beirut has sharply heightened sectarian tensions in Lebanon, already aggravated by the civil war in neighboring Syria that has become the main battleground in a 1,400-year-old schism in Islam.
U.S., Europeans battle for big Persian Gulf arms deals

U.S., Europeans battle for big Persian Gulf arms deals

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. and European defense companies, hard hit at home by shrinking military budgets, are battling to make big-ticket sales in Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf monarchies, whose collective defense spending grew by 20 percent in 2011-12.

Saudis 'turn to Pakistan to train army for Syria war'

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia, disillusioned with its longtime U.S. ally over the failure to take military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad, is reported to be seeking to form its own rebel army to overthrow the Damascus regime backed by Riyadh's rival Iran.

Syria's civil war foes line up for the next big battle

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The next big battle shaping up in Syria's civil war will be for control of the Qalamoun Mountains in the west of the country.
Saudis bankroll new rebel force to fight own war on Assad

Saudis bankroll new rebel force to fight own war on Assad

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia, exasperated with U.S. vacillation over Syria's chemical arsenal and now its effort to reconcile with Iran, Riyadh's foremost adversary, is forging a new alliance of Islamist rebels in Syria under a pro-Saudi warlord to supersede the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army.

Saudis grill Shiite clerics amid spy row

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 8 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabian security authorities have escalated a smoldering feud with regional rival Iran by rounding up influential Shiite clerics and intellectuals for questioning following the March arrest of 18 people on charges of spying for Tehran.

New Saudi spymaster marks shift in policy

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, July 26 (UPI) -- The appointment of Prince Bandar bin Sultan as head of Saudi Arabia's principal intelligence service is seen as a shift toward a more aggressive foreign policy.

Saudis 'mull buying nukes from Pakistan'

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, July 25 (UPI) -- King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia met Pakistan's prime minister, Raja Pervez Ashraf, in Jeddah a few days ago as Riyadh began sending its Special Forces to Pakistan for training.

Analysis: European defense contracts

BRUSSELS, July 28 (UPI) -- Turkey awards a $4 billion submarine deal to German HDW-MFI; Switzerland gaining ground on arms market; Hugo Chavez goes defense shopping in Russia; Saudis seek to lure Russia away from Iran with arms deals.

Analysis: Moscow and Riyadh grow closer

WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- Russia and Saudi Arabia, on opposite sides during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, are drawing closer. During a recent meeting in Moscow little reported in the foreign press, Saudi Arabia's Secretary-General Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz and Russia’s VTS (Military-Technical Cooperation) agency head Mikhail Dmitriev, in the presence of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, signed a military-technical collaborative agreement.
JOHN C.K. DALY, UPI International Correspondent

Saudi says 9/11 could have been averted

LONDON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The former Saudi ambassador to the United States said Saudi officials suggested they could have helped prevent the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
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Prince Bandar bin Sultan
WAX2002082704-CRAWFORD, TEXAS Aug. 27 (UPI)--President George W. Bush meets with Saudi Arabian ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, Texas, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002. jg/WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY ERIC DRAPER UPI

Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud (Arabic: الأمير بندر بن سلطان بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود‎) (born on March 2, 1949) is a prince of the Saudi royal family and was Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States from 1983 to 2005. He was appointed Secretary-General of the National Security Council by King Abdullah on 16 October 2005. He is a son of Crown Prince Sultan.

He had a close relationship with many American presidents, particularly George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. He was often called "Bandar Bush". He was at the center of the controversy in the Al-Yamamah arms deal, a corruption scandal that involved the sale of more than 100 warplanes.

Bandar was born officially on March 2, 1949 in Taif, Saudi Arabia. His actual date of birth is reportedly later according to himself and Western think tanks. He had reportedly faked his birthday to enter the RAF.

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