“Saudi Arabia’s King Promotes His Son—and Ousts the Best Counter-Terrorist in the Mideast” -Daily Beast

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Summary: ” Mohammed bin Nayef is a close personal friend of the American security services. MBS is going to have to establish his own legitimacy at a time when the kingdom faces an acute economic challenge from low oil prices, and the region is in enormous turmoil. No candidate has been named yet, for the job of Deputy Crown Prince to replace Mohammed bin Salman. He commanded the loyalty of the family, and the powerful religious establishment because he’d defeated Osama bin Laden’s try to overthrow the royal regime a decade ago. Mohammed bin Nayef was groomed by his father to be Minister of the Interior. The Saudis are bogged down in a quagmire with enormous consequences, for the people of Yemen, just where the war has brought malnutrition, and mass starvation. Along with sacking MBN the king announced other personnel changes in the Ministry, and the General Intelligence Directorate. The successful Riyadh summit with President Donald Trump, and 50 Muslim leaders might have emboldened the 81-year-old king to move. King Salman removed the 57-year-old Bin Nayef, and replaced him as heir to the throne with his favorite son, 31-year-old Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman. The sacking of Saudi Crown Prince, and Minister of the Interior Muhammad bin Nayef removes a central figure from the Kingdom’s war on terror. Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Michael Pompeo awarded the prince the agency’s George Tenet medal in February, for his years of working with the United States.”

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