A Coup in Saudi Avoided or Iranian Disinformation?


Claude Salhani
Oil Price
August 9, 2010

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Did King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia narrowly avoid being overthrown by a close member of his own royal family?  That seems to be a rumor circulating around some political and intelligence circles in Washington as well as in the Middle East.  A Saudi official however denied the allegations saying it was most likely Iranian disinformation.

Indeed, there have been reports ¬- all unconfirmed -¬ that Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdel Aziz, a nephew of the king and former Saudi ambassador to Washington had attempted a coup and has since been under house arrest.  Other sources said Bandar was detained in a Saudi prison. A Saudi official however told this reporter that the whole story was part of an Iranian disinformation campaign.

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“Utter nonsense” was how the official described the whole affair, adding that this was an ongoing struggle by Iran to discredit the Saudis and perturb efforts to reconcile Saudi Arabia and Syria, a move that would undoubtedly be to the detriment of the Iranian-Syrian love affair.

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