Turki bin Faisal al-Saud

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Person.png Turki bin Faisal al-Saud   History Commons
Born 15 February 1945
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Religion Islam
Spouse Nouf bint Fahd bin Khalid Al Saud
Member of Le Cercle
A former director general of the Saudi Intelligence Agency, who resigned suddenly, just 10 days before the 9/11 attacks.

Employment.png Saudi Arabia/Ambassador to the United States

In office
July 2005 - 11 December 2006
Succeeded by Adel al-Jubeir
Resigned unexpectedly.
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Employment.png Saudi Arabia/Ambassador to the UK

In office
January 2003 - March 2003
The end date is uncertain.[1]

Employment.png Director of Al Mukhabarat Al A'amah

In office
1977 - 1 September 2001
Resigned unexpectedly having had his term extended on 24 May 2001 for 4 more years, he was replaced by his uncle who had "no background in intelligence whatsoever".

Background

Prince Turki bin Faisal attended the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, graduating in the class of 1968 alongside future U.S. President Bill Clinton.[2]

9/11 Attacks

On 5 November 2011, Turki asserted on Saudi TV that Ossama bin Laden was responsible for the 9/11 Attacks, stating that "The religious edicts issued by [bin Laden] are the main evidence because they call for attacking American soldiers and civilians. Only those people devoid of feelings will still ask for evidence."

 

A Quote by Turki bin Faisal al-Saud

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Safari Club“In 1976, after the Watergate matters took place here, your intelligence community was literally tied up by Congress. It could not do anything. It could not send spies, it could not write reports, and it could not pay money. In order to compensate for that, a group of countries got together in the hope of fighting Communism and established what was called the Safari Club. The Safari Club included France, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Iran.”


References

  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4700589.stm
  2. Wright, Lawrence, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, Knopf, August 2006