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Was the man who served as bodyguard to two Saudi kings killed because he knew too much? Or, perhaps Crown Prince MBS didn’t consider him loyal enough? Both? He was reportedly fired. Perhaps because while loyal to the King, he was feared not loyal enough to MBS? If he was fired, for whatever reason, then a motive for his assassination could be that he knew too much. Apart from Khashoggi, he probably knew a lot of things. However, the New York Times (9-29-19) reported that “around the time of the killing on Saturday night, Saudi officials reached out to regional intelligence sources to ask for urgent help in gathering and analyzing information about a number of Saudi citizens, according to a person familiar with the discussions.” https://archive.li/1p5Ny The NYT report makes it sound like something more complex, like an attempted coup. Or, perhaps Saudi officials were seeking a motive behind his murder.
From MEMO: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com
“Saudi king’s bodyguard killed in Jeddah
September 29, 2019 at 10:55 am
The personal bodyguard of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has been killed, according to local media on Sunday.
State-run Al Ekhbariya TV reported that Major General Abdulaziz al-Fagham was shot during a personal dispute in Jeddah. Al-Fagham was killed in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, where the government relocates for the summer months, the broadcaster said. It did not say when the incident occurred or where exactly it took place.
A police spokesman for the Makkah province confirmed the killing, saying the bodyguard was shot after a verbal argument with a friend during a visit to his house, according to the official SPA news agency.
The gunman was shot dead by security forces after he refused to surrender, the spokesman said.
Five members of the security forces were injured in the incident.
Al-Fagham had served as the personal bodyguard of late King Abdullah, who died in 2015.
“May you rest in peace, hero …” senior Royal Court advisor Turki al-Sheikh tweeted.” CC-BY-NC-SA-4.0: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190929-saudi-kings-bodyguard-killed-in-jeddah https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/
“Saudi king′s personal bodyguard killed in ′dispute′, DW, 29.09.2019
“Little information about the circumstances of his death or the “personal dispute” was released by Saudi state media“. https://www.dw.com/en/saudi-kings-personal-bodyguard-killed-in-dispute/a-50628776
According to The Times (UK), following the death of Major-General Abdul Aziz al-Fagham, claims were made “that he had recently been dismissed from the king’s service and may have had information pertinent to the murder of Mr Khashoggi“. See: “Shooting of King Salman’s guard deepens Saudi turmoil“, by Hannah Lucinda Smith, September 30 2019, 12:01pm, The Times: https://www.thetimes.co. uk/edition/world/shooting-of-king-salmans-guard-deepens-saudi-turmoil-p0qzc5z2f
From FARS News Agency:
“King Salman’s Guard Likely Killed for Info about Khashoggi’s Death
Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:51
TEHRAN (FNA)- Major-General Abdul Aziz al-Fagham, 47, who had been widely known as the king’s most trusted personal protection officer was likely killed for his information about the culprits behind the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Times magazine wrote on Monday that al-Fagham’s death immediately led to speculation of palace intrigue, with claims that he had recently been dismissed from the king’s service and may have had information pertinent to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
The media spokesman of the Makkah Province Police confirmed on Saturday evening that the personal bodyguard of the Saudi king was shot dead during a personal dispute.
The spokesman claimed that Maj. Gen Abdul Aziz bin Badah al-Fagham was visiting a friend’s house when he was shot.
Meantime, New York Times reported that it was not immediately clear what motivated the gunman, but around the time of the killing on Saturday night, Saudi officials reached out to regional intelligence sources to ask for urgent help in gathering and analyzing information about a number of Saudi citizens, according to a person familiar with the discussions.
The push for information came from King Salman and his powerful son and crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media.
It was not clear who the Saudis were seeking information about and whether that effort might have been related to the shooting of General al-Faghem.
Also, the Arabic-language Arabi 24 wrote that the claimed killer Mamdouh bin Meshaal al-Ali was the son of Mashal bin Mamdouh, a former member of the Saudi consultative council from the Shemmer tribe. His aunt was also the divorced wife of Sultan bin Abdulaziz, the brother of King Salman.
It added that different images exist of Mamdouh’s family members in celebrations and weddings but his images are less than the fingers of a hand which indicates the importance of the organization he worked for.
Based on the report, Mamdouh worked for a special section of the Royal Guard.
Meantime, the Saudi social media activists wrote on their pages that the death of al-Fagham seems suspicious given the presence of security forces outside his house and their immediate killing shots given to his killer which could have been an attempt to close the case immediately.
Also, Ali al-Ahmad, a Saudi journalist, wrote on his twitter page that al-Fagham was fired from his job a few days ago which makes his death even more suspicious.
He added that the bodyguard was witnessed several days ago while he was walking alone in Jeddah which is strange, given his rank and position, and given the fact that he should have been right beside King Salman.
A social media activist described al-Fagham’s death as similar to the brutal killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was killed upon a direct order by bin Salman.
Khashoggi was killed and his body dismembered after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, to collect documents related to his planned wedding.
After initially offering contradictory statements, Saudi Arabia confirmed its agents killed Khashoggi, but denied its senior leaders were involved.
US intelligence agencies have reportedly concluded, however, that MbS ordered the murder, and a UN right expert found “credible evidence” linking the Crown Prince to the killing.
Also, Saudi whistle-blower Mujtahid, who is believed to be a member of or have a well-connected source in the royal family, said that bin Salman had several times voiced his willingness to omit the newly-killed bodyguard of King Salman.
The Arabic-language al-Nashrah news website quoted Mujtahid as saying that al-Fagham was in the palace at the time of murder and not at a friend’s residence as claimed by the government.
“The MbS was not confident about al-Faghan’s loyalty to the crown prince and he had several times voiced willingness to omit him,” he added.
Meantime, Mohammed al-Moaseri, a Saudi dissident residing in London, had warned 5 months ago about the possibility for al-Fagham’s assassination by the MbS.
He had cautioned al-Fagham that bin Salman would one day take him and his team out to replace them a group of Colombian Blackwater agents.
Social media activists have voiced suspicion about al-Fagham’s death, describing it as assassination.
Gun crimes are rare in Saudi Arabia, where strict law sees convicted killers and drug smugglers routinely executed. In 2017, there were 419 reported homicides, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime“. CC-BY-4.0: https://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13980708000814 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/( Emphasis our own.) When the article says “Times Magazine” they seem to be referring to “The Times” newspaper (UK).
“Top Bodyguard to 2 Saudi Kings Is Shot Dead” By Ben Hubbard, Sept. 29, 2019, 5:06 p.m. ET, The New York Times: https://archive.li/1p5Ny
“Saudis Close to Crown Prince Discussed Killing Other Enemies a Year Before Khashoggi’s Death“, by By Mark Mazzetti, Ronen Bergman and David D. Kirkpatrick, Nov. 11, 2018, The New York Times: https://archive.li/YhDl0
“Jamal Khashoggi’s killers called him a ‘sacrificial animal’ and joked about having ‘a coffee and cigar on hand’ to butcher his body, according to a grim new account of his death” https://www.businessinsider.com/khashoggi-killers-call-him-sacrificial-animal-moments-before-murder-2019-9
Beware Muharram? Under the Islamic lunar calendar, both Khashoggi and Al-Fagham were killed in the same month: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muharram
MBS is apparently MBZ’ protégé:
“The Most Powerful Arab Ruler Isn’t M.B.S. It’s M.B.Z.
Prince Mohammed bin Zayed expanded the U.A.E.’s power by following America’s lead. He now has an increasingly bellicose agenda of his own. And President Trump seems to be following him. As de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, Prince Mohammed bin Zayed controls the Arab world’s biggest sovereign wealth funds and its most potent military.”, By David D. Kirkpatrick, June 2, 2019, The New York Times: https://archive.li/OlWeX