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    Iranian rumour mill: MBS could be dead

    TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is likely dead after an assassination attempt on his life last month, a Persian-language daily reported claiming intel from the security service of an Arab state.

    According to the Persian-language newspaper, Keyhan, a secret service report sent to the senior officials of an unnamed Arab state disclosed that bin Salman has been hit by two bullets during the April 21 attack on his palace, adding that he might well be dead as he has never appeared in the public eversince.


    Heavy gunfire was heard near the Saudi King's palace in Riyadh Saudi Arabia on April 21, while King Salman was taken to a US bunker at an airbase in the city.


    A growing number of videos surfaced the media at the time displaying that a heavy gunfire erupted around King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's palace in the capital, Riyadh.


    Reports said the king and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, were evacuated to a bunker at an airbase in the city that is under the protection of the US troops.


    While Saudi officials and media were quiet over the incident, there were contradicting reports over the incident. Witnesses and residents of the neighborhoods near the palace said a coup was underway, adding that the soldiers attacking the palace were guided by footage and intel they were receiving from a drone flying over the palace.


    Saudi opposition members claimed that "a senior ground force officer has led a raid on the palace to kill the king and the crown prince".


    Videos also showed that a growing number of armored vehicles were deployed around the palace. 'Bin Salman's special guard' then took charge of security in the capital. Riyadh's sky was then closed to all civil and military flights as military helicopters from 'Bin Salman's special guard' were flying over the palace.


    Bin Salman was a man who almost often appeared before the media but his 27-day absence since the gunfire in Riyadh has raised questions about his health.


    Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, has witnessed a series of radical political changes over the past year as Mohammed bin Salman ousted his cousin as crown prince and jailed well-known princes in an anti-corruption purge.


    Moreover, bin Salman oversees social and economic reforms that have been censured by several powerful Wahhabi clerics.


    Saudi Arabia is also embroiled in a long running conflict in its Southern neighbor Yemen, dubbed by the United Nations as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.


    Notably, bin Salman made no media appearance during the April 28 visit of the newly-appointed US State Secretary Mike Pompeo to Riyadh, his first foreign trip as the top US diplomat.


    During his stay in Riyadh, Saudi media outlets published images of Pompeo’s meetings with King Salman and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.


    This is while the state-run outlets used to publish images of meetings in Riyadh between bin Salman and former US secretary of state Rex Tillerson.


    A few days after the April 21 incident, Saudi media published footage and images of bin Salman meeting several Saudi and foreign officials. But the date of the meetings could not be verified, so the release of the videos could be aimed at dispelling rumors about bin Salman’s conditions.


    It is not clear if bin Salman’s disappearance is due to reasons such as him feeling threatened or being injured in the incident.

    http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970227000578

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    Wouldn't surprise me if he's on vacay in Patters.

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    I suppose this report is intended to flush him out. Could get interesting.

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    and no trace of this in the main stream media,

    and they wonder about fake news ?

    we are being completely being manipulated by the deep state and foreigner western leaders

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    Although his twatter account posted a picture of him with some of his GCC royal buddies yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo View Post
    Ditto!

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    Could be he's propped up.

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    they found an evil twin to replace him,

    was bound to happen, can't have modernization stop those idiotic religious fools

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Although his twatter account posted a picture of him with some of his GCC royal buddies yesterday.

    At the pyjama party beardy explains to Brownshoes, you'll be there for wife not life

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    Hamad's prolly got a nice pair of Nikes on under that thobe.

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    Savages.
    Civilising Mission in place as we speak.

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    Amateur. Dillinger can do a much better Photoshop job than that. Even Pat could match that. Pff.

    Although his twatter account posted a picture of him with some of his GCC royal buddies yesterday.


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    Has Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman been assassinated? Or is that just wild internet conjecture? I ask only because he has barely been seen in public since prolonged heavy gunfire was heard at the royal palace in Riyadh in the middle of the night on April 21.


    At the time Saudi state media dismissed reports on Twitter and elsewhere the shots were the sound of a coup taking place, insisting instead the semi-automatic gunfire was merely aimed at a recreational drone that had flown too close to the palace walls.

    In this age of fake news and heavy Arab media censorship it’s hard to know who to trust, but what seems certain is that the Crown Prince, previously ubiquitous as the international focal point of a cultural revolution in the kingdom, seems suddenly to have vanished.


    Social media is ablaze with rumours of the young ruler’s murder. Users are sharing reports of a supposedly secret intelligence dossier that states MBS, as the Crown Prince is known, has been shot twice.


    The editor-in-chief of Tehran-based daily Kayhan (unlikely, it must be said, to be an impartial source for Saudi news coverage) has written in an editorial: ‘At least two bullets have hit bin Salman in April 21 clashes in Riyadh and it is even possible that he is dead.’ But according to a well-placed source at the British Foreign Office, the Crown Prince is alive and well.


    Iranian fake news? Perhaps. Presumably to head off talk of assassination, a palace courtier has released a photo of MBS appearing to socialise with King Hamad of Bahrain, President Sisi of Egypt and Abu Dhabi ruler Mohammed bin Zayed.


    But the picture seems a strange way to convince the world MBS is fighting fit. It certainly looks like the man himself, even if a cap is obscuring his eyes. But it’s impossible to verify when the photo of the four men standing by a swimming pool was taken. Surely – given the gravity of the claims – MBS could have recorded a video statement by now? Is he in hiding? Or incapacitated? Interestingly, when Mike Pompeo visited Saudi Arabia in late April, no photos or video footage of MBS with the US Secretary of State were seen.

    Whatever has happened to him, MBS is certainly not short of enemies at home. After becoming the nation’s de facto ruler in June, 2017, the 32-year old rounded up 380 or so of Saudi’s richest men in what was billed as a corruption purge. There were unconfirmed reports of torture until the powerful detained men agreed to sign over to the state large portions of their wealth.


    He has also not shied away from angering powerful Wahhabi clerics as he has sought to begin modernising the kingdom. He has lifted a ban on women driving, for example, and, more shockingly, allowed relations with the long-hated Israel to start to thaw.


    Abroad, Iran and other powerful Shia forces throughout the region would rejoice at news of the Crown Prince’s death. Tensions in the Middle East are running particularly high at the moment thanks in no small part to the apparent closeness of MBS to President Trump’s White House.


    It could be, of course, that MBS, exhausted after a whistle-stop media tour of Europe and the United States, is holed up on a luxury yacht on holiday. But it does seem strange that his disappearance from public view seems to have coincided exactly with the sound of heavy gunfire at the palace.

    https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/0...gone-so-quiet/

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    First dibs for his hawks.

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    Why would they not announce?, he could of course be sick, imprisoned or loopy , search the doghouse for the usual suspects.

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    Don't know about MBS, but during Ramadan things are dead quiet around the office. That's alright.

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    Apparently he's been appointed chief scout at Arsenal.

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    Harry is probably sucking him dry in that desert

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    All it takes is a public appearance, or a vidchat with that mornings paper. The longer they leave it, the more rumors will proliferate.

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    everything i've read about him indicates he's crafty.

    perhaps he's purposely lying low to let the rumors proliferate.....and then he'll come down hard on those spreading them.

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    Good tactic to let them think they got you, till the crunch arrives!

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    you give too much credit to those savages, my bet is that he got wacked and everyone is silent about it as it could turn into another violent arab spring, no matter the reasons

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    That too, or any other guess.

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    My guess is he was shot and injured but not killed and now they are torturing the shooter until he tells them the answer they want to hear about who paid him or told them to do it so they can then blame Iran.

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