TEHRAN (Basirat): Arab media outlets reported on Thursday that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has put his younger brother, Bandar, under house arrest.
"Sources have told us that Mohammed bin Salman has detained his brother Bandar
bin Salman and sent to the place where his mother Fahda Al Hathleen has also
been kept under house arrest for a long time in the palace of Prince Sultan in
Abha," the Arabic-language al-Ahd al-Jadid wrote on its twitter page on
The report was re-tweeted by Mujtahid, the well-known source and whistle-blower
in the Saudi royal family.
US officials believe, based on several years of intelligence, that MbS took
action against his mother, because he was concerned that she opposed his plans
for a power grab that could divide the royal family and might use her influence
with the king to prevent it.
The officials added that MbS has placed his mother under house arrest at least
for some time at a palace in Saudi Arabia, without the king's knowledge.
The US intelligence assessment of the Crown Prince's actions against his mother,
which American officials said has long been concealed from both the King and the
public, is an example of MbS's willingness to remove any perceived impediment to
solidifying his position as Saudi Arabia's next king, the current and former
Officials added that the assessment of the dynamic between MbS and his mother,
which has not been previously reported, is based on a combination of human
intelligence, intercepts and information shared with the US from other
The US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive
nature of the intelligence, stressed that the 82-year-old King has at times been
told his third wife is out of the country receiving medical treatment. They
stated that the king has told people around him that he misses her and
apparently does not know her true location or status.
The determination that the Crown Prince's mother was being kept from King Salman
without his knowledge was first made during the Barack Obama administration, the
officials said, adding that the assessment has not changed since Donald Trump