The Painful Truth for Saudi Arabia: It Needs the Iranian Regime to Survive
In a video animation released in December 2017 the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, oversees an invasion of Iran after Iranian boats attack a Saudi humanitarian ship.
Related Story: Poll: Many in US Support Trump Decision to Kill Iran GeneralIn real life, Suleimani is now dead, killed not by the Saudis but in a US strike on 3 January outside Baghdad airport, having just returned from Lebanon and Syria on one of his many missions as the architect of Iran’s regional power base.
Related Story: Anatomy of a Lie: How Iran Covered up the Downing of an AirlinerSaudis on Twitter were gleeful and official Saudi media were jubilant, declaring in al-Riyadh newspaper that a new decade had started for the region as Iran’s dark shadow receded. If Saudi officials celebrated, they did so quietly, relieved Suleimani was dead, and even more relieved they didn’t have to do it themselves, but wary of Iranian retaliation. There were calls for quick de-escalation, and within three days the crown prince’s brother and deputy minister of defense, Khalid bin Salman, travelled to Washington DC for meetings at the White House.
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