Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Head Of Saudi Intelligence, Has Been Sacked

Tyler Durden's picture

In the aftermath of the disastrous, for both the US and Saudi Arabia, false flag campaign to replace the Syrian regime with one which would be amenable to allowing a Qatari gas pipeline to pass underneath the Al-Qaeda rebel infested country, there were numerous rumors that the reign of Saudi's infamous former ambassador to the US and current intelligence chief, Prince Bandar "Bush" bin Sultan - the man who we suggested was the puppetmaster behind the entire failed operation - had come to an end. Some two months ago, Shia Post reported that "News sources announced that the chief of the Saudi spying apparatus Bandar bin Sultan has been dismissed... Since creation of crisis in Syria by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, Bandar bin Sultan’s name has been heard time and again in tandem with the Syrian crisis."

Moments ago, in a tersely worded statement from the Saudi Press Agency, it was indeed confirmed that, perhaps in response to his failed handling of the Syrian conflict, Prince Bandar has indeed been sacked.

A royal order announced here today that Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz was relieved of his post as Chief of General Intelligence upon his request and that General Staff Yousif bin Ali Al-Idreesi was assigned to act as Chief of General Intelligence. The royal order will be carried out by the concerned authorities with immediate effect.

Hardly surprising, here is the explanation why the person who was once one of America's most bosom allies in the Middle East, just got the boot:

Bandar bin Sultan is one of the main mindsets and players of regional insecurity especially in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. His supports for terrorist groups acting in Syria are not hidden to anybody. This Saudi prince has very close relations with the armed terrorists in Syria. Recently he had lashed out at the Al-Saud family over its way of backing terrorists. These criticisms have annoyed Saudi monarch Abdullah.


Nevertheless, perhaps one of the reasons for firing Bandar bin Sultan was the issue raised by some Saudi authorities as Riyadh’s “failure of foreign policy” regarding the Syrian crisis. Some of the political pundits have said that Sultan’s performance of the recent months have even worried Washington. Now, it is expected that with the designation of Mohammad bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz as the new chief of the Saudi security, the Washington-Riyadh ties will be normalized since this figure of the Saudi royal family is trusted by the US officials.


Apart from all surmises, Bandar bin Sultan is considered as one of the successors of the monarchial regime. Bandar has been regarded as a powerful figure in the war of power among the Saudi princes. It seems that his obstinacy in decision-making was another cause of King Abdullah’s fear of his power. This fear has reached the extent that the senile Saudi king has made up his mind to sack Bandar bin Sultan from the most important security apparatus of the country in a bid to alleviate part of the internal criticisms and promote Mohammad bin Nayef’s position. Furthermore, changes in the Saudi security apparatus will pave the way for maintaining the demands of the US regime; especially that, according to some news sources, Mohammad bin Nayef’s appointment has been done after the US officials’ order.

But don't cry for the Prince - his net worth is estimated to be well in the billions.

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90's Child's picture

And another puppet shall take his place.

Tengri Temujin's picture

Too bad he wasn't beheaded.

Who knows maybe he was behind a planned coup

max2205's picture

Saudi and intelligence is a oxymoron

Say What Again's picture

I heard that there is some guy from U-Crane that might get the job.

Manthong's picture

..and he has such soft hair, cushy oral opening…

Like the one he has been using on US state and intel…

But there is trouble now that this fluid conduit is being cut loose.

Say What Again's picture

Off Topic, but Kyle is back asking; "What are you going to do?"

fonzannoon's picture

He says that their bonds have been acting terribly in this Nikkei selloff because "yields haven't collapsed". Not sure what he means by that. 

Thought Processor's picture



Scratching my head on that one also.   

fonzannoon's picture

I watched it again and my guess is he means that yields should have fallen further while the nikkei has had this 15% drop, But that's kind of crap. First off the 10yr JGB is down to .60 from 1% a year ago. So...i mean....holy shit. Secondly this has not been a vilent drop. No 700 point dumps. It's been a very steady orderly demolition. I have no doubt the Nikkei will reclaim 14k tonight. 

Basically I think Kyle was flailing there if that was his rationale. Also he believe a government (like the rest of them) that have all been faking data, will now release elevated inflation statistics, that they know will cause a bond selloff. 


gmrpeabody's picture

Perhaps a little time off now, say some sun and some fun in Sochi.

Oh..., wait.

redpill's picture

Prince, can I have my picnic blanket back?   It's almost time to eat!

kaiserhoff's picture

There's another shoe to drop.

Watch what Mossad does to Barry over Syria.

zerozulu's picture

money can't buy everything.

TruthInSunshine's picture

I still remember the grand old glory days of him & Shrub, hand in hand, romantically strolling throughout the White House Rose Garden & grounds.

prains's picture

He looks to be in need of a fresh goat

gmrpeabody's picture

They so enjoy picnicing there that they wear their picnic blankets and napkins most of the time.

SandiaMan's picture

Jerry Jones got a suite he will share with him.

weburke's picture

I wonder in private do the bush and clintons refer to their kids as prince and princess? Last time I heard, and it was years, there were 5000 princes in arabia. If you have a business, and a prince wants it, you cannot refuse his offer and must sell your business to him. 

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

"If you have a[n] [ass], and a prince wants it, you cannot refuse his offer and must sell your [ass] to him.

Arius's picture

exactly, now that Sochi is done and safe, thank you very much ... you may go!


Typical behaviour, there are no thanks and appreciation anymore ... not that I feel bad for the Prince because I am sure he will be well taken care of, but still as soon as Sochi is over  off you go, we dont need you anymore ... sad really sad

Manthong's picture

he is a fiduciary.. not a gambler ( so he says).

Me, I am betting the wad on JPY doing the kamikaze thing.

(I keep telling the wife that Divine Wind is a good thing every time she walks past the bathroom.)

Not Too Important's picture

Easiest trade in history. Fukushima guarantees it. All he did was bet on widespread death from nuclear fallout. Now well under way.

Easy money when you know several hundred million people will die within a relatively short timespan, and take the economy with it.

OTOH, there is nothing Kyle or anyone else can do about it, so why not make money off of it?

I don't know if he's a monster or a saint, but either way he's going to get much, much richer.

Right now, he's trying to figure out how to short the Pacific Northwest. Done deal.

Wahooo's picture

He has the look of a perv obsessed with little boys. Typical saudi prince.

prains's picture

he looks to be more of a goat lover

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

Leave your dress on the desk and get the fuck out of here!

Motorhead's picture

What we need now is a leaked telephone conversation...been a few weeks.

NOTaREALmerican's picture

Re:  U-Crane   +10,  made me laugh!  

Winston Churchill's picture

Not so sure about that.Some of the royals are smart, I went to school with a couple.

But now with have a major player that was an obstacle to better relations with Eurasia

out of the picture.A core supporter of the US/Saudi relationship shitcanned.

A move to abandon exclusive petrodollar sales may well have just been telegraphed.

Drifter's picture

That was my first thought, overt gesture SA backing away from US, speculated by JW, PCR, and others saying SA will start taking Euros & Yuan for oil along with USD, a severe blow to petrodollar status.

Cacete de Ouro's picture

"They used to be camel herders!", my father commented only two weeks ago as we looked at the Dubai World Cup and the princes were swarming everywhere. My father is from a bygone colonial era, so this is not unusual for him to say things like this.

shovelhead's picture

4 generations

Camels, Mercedes, Lamborginis, Camels.

Shit ain't gonna last forever.

Thought Processor's picture


This is huge.  To give Bandar the boot in such a way means that something big is shifting beneath the sand.


I think this is further evidence of a big thaw in the US / Saudi (dollar / oil) partnership.  


Prelude to something larger going on?

Not Too Important's picture

Quite the opposite. He pissed Putin off, and now we know where the wind is blowing - and it isn't West. If the Saudi family ever wants to do business with Russia, Putin is going to want Bandar's head on a stake.

SA is on their own now. I hope they learn to speak Mandarin.

NotApplicable's picture

This is my take on the event. One does not make such threats to Putin from such a position of weakness without paying the price. Had he not been dismissed, the entire House of Saud would be left with no friends in high places.

Z_End's picture

  Bingo! Putin shut him and the Saudi's down by stopping any terror incidents during the Olympics. Major embarassment. The winds and sands are indeed shifting...

Omen IV's picture

Post Ukraine east referendum - Putin was or is going to provide US with equal or better aggravation - best place is SA - since Bandar was so vocal about his financing and operation of chechen terrorists communicating direct to Putin

SA is only massive place of US stability in the ME - fucking those guys around with Iran on the ground is definitely way to keep US occupied and blame Obama

Toronto Kid's picture

He didn't just piss off Putin - this asshat antagonized Putin into walking into the Ukraine. Everyone wants him gone.

In a year he'll either be dead or King.

XitSam's picture

Nonsense.  The players change but the game remains the same.

Kayman's picture

They got all the Saudis out of the U.S. after 9-11, so they ain't that stupid.

11b40's picture

Yes, but they had the Bush team's help and direction.

SilverRhino's picture

Now that his official bodyguards have been dismissed ... Putin might see if he gets to suffer worse humiliations ... then kill him. 

Death should be his release, not his punishment. 

11b40's picture

According to the article, he asked to be dismissed.


If that is the case, perhaps he no longer feels comfotable jetting around the world.  Maybe he plans to stay inside Saudi Arabia for a while in hopes that Putin will forgive, forget, or die.  Good luck, Prince.

Jumbotron's picture

Fahrenheit 911

21.40  (21 minutes, 40 seconds) into the clip get a load of Bandar what he says about the Bin Ladin family in Saudi Arabia.  And on into around the 28:00 minute mark you see the connection with Bush and Bin Ladin.


john39's picture

true, but still...  appears to be panic in the ranks... something big is stirring.

Thought Processor's picture



Major shift in alliances under way.  Looks like it anyway.

fudge's picture

Maybe the next puppet will be more suitable to Chinese leadership ;-) ...

john39's picture

saudi royals are more loyal to the U.S. and Israel than their own people, and they are not fooling anyone.  Brute force and money keeps them in power.  but,  its only a matter time before they are toppled.