Selection of new Saudi intel chief: Regional power bid and act of desperation

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Compiled by Miles Yu,

WASHINGTON — The role of intelligence, long a means for projecting power in Mideast dictatorships, is changing.

Prince Bandar bin Sultan is known to have had a warm relationship with President George W. Bush.

Saudi Arabia’s new intelligence chief could reverse the decline of the Gulf Arab oil power amid the threat from neighboring Iran, a report said.

And, in Egypt, the intelligence service is recognizing it has a PR problem.

The report on Prince Bandar bin Sultan said that he could enhance Saudi interests with the West and the rest of the international community.

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