Saudi Arabia Replaces Key Official in Effort to Arm Syria Rebels

(Wall Street Journal) Ellen Knickmeyer and Adam Entous - Saudi Arabia has sidelined its veteran intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, as leader of the kingdom's efforts to arm and fund Syrian rebels, replacing him with Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who is well-regarded by U.S. officials for his successes fighting al-Qaeda in Yemen and elsewhere, Saudi royal advisers said this week. Senior U.S. officials recently described Prince Bandar as "erratic" and "hot-headed." Secretary of State John Kerry, in private meetings, singled him out as "the problem" and complained about his conduct in orchestrating Saudi policy in Syria.

2014-02-27 00:00:00

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