The March 2017 meeting in Riyadh brought together businessmen that "pitched a $2
billion plan to use private intelligence operatives to sabotage the Iranian
economy,” read the report released Sunday.
"Top Saudi intelligence officials close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman asked a small group of businessmen last year about using private companies to assassinate Iranian enemies of the kingdom,” it said.
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As the meeting came at a time that bin Salman was consolidating his power in the kingdom, the report concludes that planning for assassinations, like that of dissident journalist Khashoggi, started "since the beginning of Prince Mohammed’s ascent.”
Assiri’s top aides also "inquired about killing” Iran’s General Soleimani as the attendees were trying to "win Saudi funding for their plan,” read the report by the US daily.
General Solemani has been at the forefront of Iran’s advisory efforts in Syria and Iraq, two Muslim countries suffering from Takfiri militancy, allegedly backed by Saudi Arabia and some other US allies.