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After Fahd

King Fahd's death is likely to spark a battle within the al-Saud dynasty over both the succession and the future of Saudi Arabia. And the stakes are high, for waiting in the wings is the most determined faction of all - the followers of Osama bin Laden

By John R Bradley   September 2005

The first clear sign that an announcement of King Fahd’s death was imminent came with the news in late June that Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a nephew of the late king, was resigning as ambassador to Washington, a post he had held for 22 years. King Fahd’s death was announced a few weeks later, and Crown Prince Abdullah formally took power.

The Washington shift, in other words, was an opening shot in a succession battle that, while in the initial stages seems to have gone smoothly, inevitably pits rival princes from various competing branches of the Saudi ruling family against…

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