WASHINGTON – A public affairs official at the Saudi embassy in the United States informs The Internet Chronicle that Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi Arabian intelligence chief, is not dead.
On July 29 French journalist Thierry Meyssan’s Voltaire Network reported, “Though not yet announced by the Saudi authorities, the death of Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has been confirmed to Voltaire Network by unofficial souces [sic].”
A spokesperson for the Information Office of the Saudi Embassy offered this comment on the Voltaire Network report as to whether Mr. bin Sultan had in fact been killed: “I don’t think so, no. Yeah, I don’t think so. No, he didn’t get killed.”
Reported Mr. Meyssan Sunday:
The Saudi services, with logistical support from the CIA, had managed to blow up the headquarters of the Syrian National Security during a Crisis Cell meeting: Generals Assef Chaoukat, Daoud Rajha and Hassan Tourkmani were killed instantly. General Amin Hicham Ikhtiar died soon after from his wounds. This operation, called “Damascus Volcano” was the signal for the attack on the capital by a swarm of mercenaries, mainly coming from Jordan.
Prince Bandar was himself the target of a bomb attack on July 26, and subsequently succumbed to his injuries . . . It took Syria only one week to mount this spectacular reprisal operation.