Lebanese sources claim Saudi intelligence runs al-Qaeda affiliates
Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdualaziz al Saud. Photo: Zamanalsamt
Iran insists that the deadly terrorist bombing of its embassy on November 19 was ordered by Saudi intelligence boss Prince Bandar bin Sultan.
The Iranian news channel, Alalam, made the claim on Thursday, citing unnamed sources in Lebanon. The sources said Majed al-Majed, the Saudi ringleader of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an al-Qaeda connected terrorist group, took his orders from Prince Bandar.
Bandar, who considers himself an American Hamiltonian conservative, has been dubbed “Bandar Bush” due to his close relationship with former President George W. Bush and the neocons.
On December 2, Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah accused the Saudis of masterminding the bombing. He also said Saudi intelligence runs the Abdullah Azzam Brigades.
Al-Majed was arrested by Lebanese security forces on Wednesday at a hospital in Beirut. It is said he was there receiving treatment for wounds he sustained while fighting with mercenaries in Syria.
According to Alalam, Majed al-Majed lived in the Ayn al-Halwa camp, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, prior to traveling to Syria to work with Abu Mohammad al-Jolani, the boss of al-Nusra Front. In August it was reported that al-Jolani met with his Saudi handlers and the CIA in Amman, Jordan. Alalam reported that two deputies of former U.S. Ambassador Stephen Ford were also present. Saudi deputy minister of defense Prince Salman bin Sultan participated on behalf of his brother Bandar Bin Sultan, according to the report.
In October it was reported that the CIA is training mercenaries in Jordan as part of an ongoing plan to topple the Syrian government. The Washington post report said the CIA is “ramping up and expanding its effort” because “it was clear that the opposition was losing, and not only losing tactically but on a more strategic level.”
In June, the Los Angeles Times reported that CIA operatives and U.S. special operations troops have secretly trained Syrian rebels with anti-tank and antiaircraft weapons since late last year, months before Obama issued plans to arm them directly, U.S. officials and rebel commanders told the newspaper.
Alalam reports the weapons include Russian-designed 14.5-millimeter anti-tank rifles, anti-tank missiles, and 23-millimeter anti-aircraft weapons.
In December, Infowars.com reported that terrorist bombings in the Russian city of Volgograd which killed at least 31 people followed a threat by Saudi Arabia to attack Russia using Chechen terrorists if Moscow did not withdraw its support for President al-Assad in Syria. The threat was made during a closed-door meeting between Prince Bandar and Putin at the beginning of August.