RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, June 30 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia fired its deputy defense minister on Saturday, the fourth deputy to be replaced in less than 15 months.
The royal decree lacked the customary line that the personnel change was "upon his request," fueling speculation that there had been a power struggle between Prince Khaled and Prince Mohammed.
Prince Khaled had been in the position for only 45 days.
The deputy defense minister's removal comes amid concern about spillover from the deteriorating security situation in neighboring Iraq. On June 26, the state-run SPA news agency reported that Saudi Arabia had gone on high alert.