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U.S. official: Saudi Crown Prince dies (Sultan)
CNN ^ | 10-22-11 | Jamie Crawford

Posted on 10/21/2011 10:19:26 PM PDT by tcrlaf

(CNN) -- Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has died, a State Department official told CNN on Friday.

There were no more immediate details about his death.

(Excerpt) Read more at edition.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: crown; death; dies; houseofsaud; king; obituary; prince; saudi; saudiarabia; sultan
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It's thought he had cancer, and his death leaves a big hole in the line of succession to be King.
1 posted on 10/21/2011 10:19:31 PM PDT by tcrlaf
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I wonder what this will mean for the stability of Saudi Arabia? How will this impact the region?


2 posted on 10/21/2011 10:25:01 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("Real solidarity means coming together for the common good."-Sarah Palin)
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To: tcrlaf

With the King approaching 90, this could set up a power struggle between Prince Bandar, and Prince Khalid.

While both are America-philes, both have been out of favor in recent years, for one reason or another. Murky waters ahead, it seems.


3 posted on 10/21/2011 10:25:51 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: tcrlaf

Um, there is no shortage of princes in the House of Saud. I’m sure someone will step forward and occupy the ‘vacancy.’


4 posted on 10/21/2011 10:27:26 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: SatinDoll

If it’s NAYEF, we are in trouble...
He’s the most active, and open supporter of the Palestineans in the family, and he is the most Conservative (meaning radical muslim) of the bunch, it seems.

This is the same guy who blamed 9/11 on “the Zionists”, saying it was impossible for 19 youths to pull it off, or that Bin Laden did it alone.

And he’s “only” 78 yrs old.


5 posted on 10/21/2011 10:31:47 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: tcrlaf

Arab Spring in Saudi Arabia?

Will the ruling family have a civil war?


6 posted on 10/21/2011 10:33:56 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: GeronL

One of the younger Princes in the Military, I think it’s the US-trained Khalid, is overseeing the construction of a border fence running the entire length of the Iraq border, to keep out potential immigrants and refugees when the US leaves Iraq.

And he’s advocated for isolating Iran.


7 posted on 10/21/2011 10:37:45 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: tcrlaf

http://countrystudies.us/saudi-arabia/47.htm
Some history on the King and extended family.


8 posted on 10/21/2011 10:38:37 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: GeronL

That was going to happen........

Then the Japan Earthquake happened..............


9 posted on 10/21/2011 10:40:31 PM PDT by cmsgop ( The left always accuses the right for the sins of the left. from FReeper Just Lori, RIP)
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To: tcrlaf

Nayef is the only one of the 4 who has expressed any interest in governing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line_of_succession_to_the_Saudi_throne


10 posted on 10/21/2011 10:46:13 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: tcrlaf

Nayef was designated the next Crown Prince in 2009?


11 posted on 10/21/2011 10:48:20 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: tcrlaf

Will Khalid try to wrest control from Nayef ??


12 posted on 10/21/2011 10:49:39 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: cmsgop
When I was assigned to Saudi Arabia for the USAF I met the current King , Sultan then the minister of defense and aviation and his son Bandar.

Bandar (known as big Bandar) was a fighter pilot and program manager for the Peace Hawk program. Though he was a prince he was a major in the RSAF.

13 posted on 10/21/2011 10:52:12 PM PDT by Eaglefixer
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To: Jeremiah Jr

They’re dropping like flies!


14 posted on 10/21/2011 10:53:16 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: cmsgop
When I was assigned to Saudi Arabia for the USAF I met the current King , Sultan then the minister of defense and aviation and his son Bandar.

Bandar (known as big Bandar) was a fighter pilot and program manager for the Peace Hawk program. Though he was a prince he was a major in the RSAF.

15 posted on 10/21/2011 10:53:25 PM PDT by Eaglefixer
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To: tcrlaf

Is this the one The Boy Bowed to?


16 posted on 10/21/2011 10:54:39 PM PDT by easternsky
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To: tcrlaf
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17 posted on 10/21/2011 10:56:19 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: tcrlaf

But who will Barry bow to now?!?!?


18 posted on 10/21/2011 10:58:57 PM PDT by digital-olive
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To: tcrlaf

Not a good time for this to happen. Not a good time at all.


19 posted on 10/21/2011 11:09:00 PM PDT by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: easternsky

No, Obama dropped for the King himself...
Embarrassing moment for Americans, that was...


20 posted on 10/21/2011 11:10:28 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: tcrlaf

Was it the cup bearer ? or the butler ?


21 posted on 10/21/2011 11:10:33 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

“Not a good time for this to happen. Not a good time at all.”

That’s what I was thinking...


22 posted on 10/21/2011 11:21:48 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: tcrlaf

Succession will very much a family decision. King will have great input, but there will be much family consultation.


23 posted on 10/21/2011 11:33:54 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Forget AMEX. Remember your Glock 27: Never Leave Home Without It!)
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To: tcrlaf

Which is the one who hires American women to live in his harem?


24 posted on 10/21/2011 11:38:16 PM PDT by ponygirl (People are calling our President the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers; that's not allowed is it?)
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To: tcrlaf

Oh God. If Saudi Arabia gets the Obama treatment, we’re done.


25 posted on 10/22/2011 12:25:21 AM PDT by Lazamataz (When I see pictures or videos of the Occupation, all that I see is an ocean of mostly white faces.)
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To: tcrlaf
And he’s “only” 78 yrs old.

The House of Saud makes the Vatican's College of Cardinals look adolescent

26 posted on 10/22/2011 12:36:04 AM PDT by ninonitti
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To: SatinDoll

Why couldn’t I have been born a Saudi Prince?


27 posted on 10/22/2011 12:36:05 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: Eaglefixer

Is this the same Bandar that was an ambassador, or something like that, to the USA?


28 posted on 10/22/2011 12:40:29 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Proud barbarian TEA Party SOB)
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To: cmsgop
Just think about how bad it could have been.

Soiled Laundry only got half a billion! If they'd have known they would walk with it they would have shot for a whole lot more!

29 posted on 10/22/2011 1:36:43 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (It is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; ~Vattel's Law of Nations)
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To: tcrlaf

Lookout this can always be really bad in the middle east. Talk about living in interesting times...


30 posted on 10/22/2011 1:42:58 AM PDT by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: GeronL

Nayef sounds like bad news, trying to deflect blame away from the Saudi members of the 9/11 terrorists, among other things. Still, he would cozy up to Washington thanks to the Saudi’s spat with Iran.


31 posted on 10/22/2011 1:43:08 AM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: tcrlaf
Oh..... big ditto there. This does not give me any sort of happy at all. Best we can hope for is an exceptionally calm transition.
32 posted on 10/22/2011 1:45:33 AM PDT by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: tcrlaf
Bandar was a good diplomat. Very smart man. He really will be missed. Who succeeds him as 2nd in line to the throne will be very interesting.
33 posted on 10/22/2011 1:50:50 AM PDT by Danae (Anailnathrach ortha bhais beatha do cheal deanaimha)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife

They said the line is very unstable. I guess the other prince isn’t doing well health-wise either and underwent back surgery recently?

Interesting times...


34 posted on 10/22/2011 2:32:33 AM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: LucyT

Snappy dresser. ;) Do you know how old is he?


35 posted on 10/22/2011 2:45:36 AM PDT by presently no screen name (NO OBAMITT in '12)
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To: LucyT

Never mind - found info that he was in his 80’s.


36 posted on 10/22/2011 3:17:28 AM PDT by presently no screen name (NO OBAMITT in '12)
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To: tcrlaf
One of the younger Princes in the Military, I think it’s the US-trained Khalid, is overseeing the construction of a border fence running the entire length of the Iraq border,...

I wonder if it's electrified.
37 posted on 10/22/2011 4:14:45 AM PDT by Shannon
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To: Pan_Yans Wife

“I wonder what this will mean for the stability of Saudi Arabia? How will this impact the region?”

There’s no immediate impact. Though King Abdullah has been dealing with his own health issues, so who knows how long he’ll be around.

According to an article I read:

“The most likely candidate to replace Sultan as Abdullah’s successor is Prince Nayef, the powerful interior minister in charge of internal security forces. After Sultan fell ill, the king gave Nayef — also his half-brother — an implicit nod in 2009 by naming him second deputy prime minister, traditionally the post of the second in line to the throne.”

I don’t know anything about him except what’s available on Google


38 posted on 10/22/2011 4:57:15 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: SatinDoll
Um, there is no shortage of princes in the House of Saud. I’m sure someone will step forward and occupy the ‘vacancy.’

That's the trouble. King Abdullah had 37 brothers (don't know how many still alive). His brothers are in senior position to inherit the throne over his sons.

A complex and contested line of succession means the Islamists will try to take a hand in the power struggle.

When the king dies, expect conflict.

39 posted on 10/22/2011 5:29:25 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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I wonder what this will mean for the stability of Saudi Arabia? How will this impact the region?

With everything going on right now in the middle east, this is the last thing the world needs - another instability thrown in the stew.

40 posted on 10/22/2011 5:49:54 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: tcrlaf
From 2009....

Hardline Prince moves closer to Saudi Arabia's Throne

41 posted on 10/22/2011 6:01:20 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: mewzilla
Also from '09....

Naif "The Knife" Cuts Both Ways

42 posted on 10/22/2011 6:09:57 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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From 2011......

Saudi Prince Nayef wins libel damages against British paper

The damages awarded were reportedly donated to charity. I wonder which one.

43 posted on 10/22/2011 6:16:05 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: mewzilla
Oh, boy. Check this out....

Obama nominee defended Saudi terrorist

Cole represented Naif.

Small world, ain't it....

44 posted on 10/22/2011 6:23:34 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: digital-olive

Chavez?


45 posted on 10/22/2011 6:24:22 AM PDT by jennings2004 (Looking for a conservative candidate to support...:))
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To: mewzilla
From April of '01....

PRINCE NAIF ADDRESSES PRESS CONFERENCE IN TEHRAN

46 posted on 10/22/2011 6:34:31 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: tcrlaf

Hopefully Hillary Clinton won’t be caught on tape laughing about this death too.


47 posted on 10/22/2011 6:50:11 AM PDT by The Sparrow
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To: The Sparrow

Prince Nayef was Interior Minister in the early 80s. He issued a proclamation forbidding the Belgians from hosting evening Masses in the courtyard of their embassy.


48 posted on 10/22/2011 7:01:21 AM PDT by Ax
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To: tcrlaf
With all the money in the world available to him he came to New York for medical treatment.

The 83-year-old, who was heir to the Saudi throne, had suffered various health issues in recent years and had been treated for cancer at a New York hospital in 2009.

According to the BBC he is believed to have been in New York City when he passed away yesterday.

A separate report said his plane was preparing to leave JFK airport to take the body home.

49 posted on 10/22/2011 7:07:45 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: jennings2004

I don’t think so. With his approval ratings so low he will probably be bowing publically to Soros with 2012 on the way.


50 posted on 10/22/2011 7:14:49 AM PDT by digital-olive
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