Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar replaced by his deputy: royal decree

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Posted: Apr 15, 2014 1:42 PM

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the architect of Riyadh's policy on Syria, has been removed from his post by a royal decree, the state news agency reported on Tuesday.

Prince Bandar, a former ambassador to Washington, was appointed as the chief Saudi spy in July 2012 and given the task of helping Syrian rebels fighting to bring down President Bashar al-Assad.

His deputy Youssef al-Idrissi will take over as acting head of intelligence.

(Reporting by Reem Shamseddine, editing by Sami Aboudi and Angus MacSwan)