File - Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan seen at his palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, June 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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Saudi Arabian intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the architect of Riyadh's attempts to bring down Syrian President Bashar Assad, has resigned from his post, state media reported Tuesday.A former ambassador to the U.S., Prince Bandar was appointed intelligence chief in July 2012, and was in charge of helping Syrian rebels topple Assad, an ally of Riyadh's biggest regional rival, Iran.He was also closely involved in Saudi support for Egypt's military rulers after they ousted Islamist president Mohammad Morsi last year, Gulf diplomatic sources said. Despite his longstanding connections in Washington and personal relations with world leaders stretching back decades, Prince Bandar proved a sometimes abrasive figure in his efforts to corral Western support for Syrian rebels.
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