Major General Ahmed al-Asiri was sacked as Saudi Arabia‘s deputy intelligence chief on Friday, Saudi state media reported.
Mohammed bin Salman & Jared Kushner are ready to blame this guy: Major General Ahmad Hassan Mohammad Asiri (known for being the terrorist spokesman for the murderous Saudi-led terrorist coalition against innocent Yemeni women anc children) #JamalKhashoggi https://t.co/YzM1XkN59a
— Brasco_Aad (@Brasco_Aad) October 18, 2018
State media also reported King Salman ordered the restructuring of the command of the general intelligence agency, under the supervision of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS.)
Al-Asiri served as an adviser to MBS, who promoted him to his intelligence position last year, and is considered to be one of MBS’ closest aides.
He is “a key figure within the royal household, a very senior figure,” Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons reported from Istanbul, following the announcement. “He has been fingered by the royal household as being partly to blame for this.”
Saudi Arabia says royal court adviser al-Qahtani and Deputy Intelligence Chief Ahmed Asiri fired from their positions https://t.co/NnXbuRmjRb
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) October 19, 2018
Al-Asiri was not part of the 15-man “hit squad” named by Turkish media, who Turkish officials suspect were involved in the killing of Khashoggi.
Al-Asiri is well known to journalists who cover the Middle East, from his previous role as spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition military campaign in Yemen.
A report in The New York Times on Thursday indicated the Saudi rulers were considering blaming al-Asiri for the killing of Khashoggi, noting it would provide a plausible explanation for the killing and help to deflect blame from the Saudi crown prince.