Analyst: Saudi royals financing Qaeda

The people of Saudi Arabia want Å“a change in the House of Saud” because Saudi royals are fueling violence in the region by Å“providing covert financing” to al-Qaeda-affiliated elements, says an American political commentator.

A recent file released by whistleblower website WikiLeaks has shown that the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi had discussed with a top US official in 2003 that the Saudi nation was waiting for a push by the US for a regime change in their country.

According to the file, before the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nayhan and Richard Haass, the Director of Policy Planning for the US Department of State under the Bush presidency, talked about a poll in which 90 percent of Saudis were hoping that after a regime change in Baghdad, the US would change the regime in Riyadh.

Å“The royal family [in Saudi Arabia] is doing everything that they possibly can to sabotage the negotiations with Iran, to sabotage the upcoming Geneva II conference on Syria by effectively continuing to provide covert financing for networks that can all be best described as the extended al-Qaeda apparatus,” said Jeff Steinberg, senior editor at the Executive Intelligence Review, in a phone interview with Press TV on Monday.

Å“So, yes, there is a move by many people in Saudi Arabia who want a change in the House of Saud,” he added.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is also facing a lawsuit by American people for its alleged support of al-Qaeda prior to the 9/11 attacks.

A federal appeals court in New York City revived last month litigation against the kingdom on behalf of families of victims of the attacks.

Å“Itsâ„¢ evident in Congress, for example, on a bipartisan basis, that the Saudis have played a very vicious and insidious role including the suppressed evidence of the direct involvement of leading members of the Saudi royal family, including Prince Bandar bin Sultan, now head of Saudi intelligence and the chief national security advisor to the king, in the original 9/11 attacks,” said Steinberg.

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Source: Press TV