In a series of royal decrees carried on state media, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister, Prince Salman bin Sultan, was removed from his post.
Prince Salman, a younger brother of former Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and a key figure in organizing Saudi Arabia's support for Syrian rebels, had met visiting US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday evening.
The decrees said Prince Salman had left the Defense Ministry position at his own request. He was replaced by the outgoing Riyadh Governor Prince Khaled bin Bandar (photo).
Prince Khaled was born in 16 March 1951. He graduated from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and holds a Master's Degree in Military Sciences. He participated in advanced foundational courses for armor officers in Saudi Arabia and United States, and also been involved in several different field exercises.
Prince Khaled is a high-ranking military personal and Commander of the Saudi Arabian Royal Army. He began his military service at the first battalion of the fourth Armored Brigade. Later, he worked as an Operations Officer in the Armored Forces Command, and then was promoted to Deputy Commander of it.
He served in the G3 Armor Corps at the Royal Saudi Land Forces (SALF) in early 1980s. He became a Major General in 1997, and was appointed Deputy Commander of the SALF.
He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in May 2011. Then he served as the Commander of the SALF. He served in this post until his appointment as Riyadh Governor on 14 February 2013, and was replaced by Eid bin Awadh Al Shalawi as the Commander.
Prince Khaled made several visits and participated in foreign joint cooperation committees between Saudi Arabia and other countries.
He was one of participants in the liberation of Kuwait (1991) in (Desert Shield and Desert Storm) and was assigned to participate in South Shield operations against Houthis in 2009 conflict.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has also appointed his son Prince Turki bin Abdullah as the Governor of Riyadh Province.
Until 2011, the position of Riyadh Governor had been held for five decades by Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, who was made Crown Prince in 2012.
Prince Turki's previously held the position of Deputy Governor. He was born in 1970.
Source: Reuters; Wikipedia