Who is Saad al-Jabri?
For many years he was the right-hand male, the gatekeeper, to Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who was commonly credited with defeating the al-Qaeda insurgency in the 2000 s. He was also the linchpin in all Saudi Arabia’s relations with the “Five Eyes” (United States, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) intelligence firms.
In 2010 this important link “conserved hundreds of lives”, according to a former Western intelligence officer who dealt with him.
Al-Qaeda in Yemen had smuggled an effective bomb on-board a freight plane bound for Chicago, hidden inside a printer ink toner cartridge. But Saudi intelligence had a human informant inside al-Qaida who offered the tip-off to MI6, even relaying the serial number of the gadget it was concealed in.
British counter-terrorism police then situated and pacified the bomb inside the plane at East Midlands Airport. “If that had actually gone off as planned over Chicago hundreds would have been eliminated,” stated the previous intelligence officer.
” Dr al-Jabri changed Saudi counter-terrorism efforts,” says another previous western intelligence authorities.
” He changed it from being a crude, violent, confession-based system into one that used contemporary forensics and computer-based data mining.
“He was the smartest guy we dealt with amongst so many others who were dysfunctional,” he says.
A quiet-spoken guy with a doctorate in artificial intelligence from Edinburgh University, Dr al-Jabri rose to the rank of cabinet minister and held a major-general’s rank in the interior ministry.
However in 2015 everything changed. King Abdullah died and his half-brother Salman ascended to the throne, appointing his young and untested child Mohammed Bin Salman (called MBS) as defence minister.
MBS then purchased his nation’s forces to intervene in Yemen’s civil war, a move opposed by Dr al-Jabri who mentioned that there was no exit method. More than 5 years later Saudi Arabia is still looking for an escape of the pricey stalemate in Yemen.
In 2017 MBS carried out a bloodless palace coup with his daddy’s true blessing He efficiently took over the next in line to the throne, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, ending up being crown prince himself.