• Drone attacks weaken Saudi’s confidence in Crown Prince

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

Reuters has reported on concerns amongst Saudi Arabians following the drone attacks on the country’s oil facilities that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, son and designated successor to King Salman, is not capable of properly defending the nation. The Crown Prince is the kingdom’s defence minister as well as de facto ruler, and some of his critics believe that by pursuing the war in Yemen against the Iran-aligned Houthi group he indirectly encouraged the recent drone attacks. There is also criticism that Saudi Arabia’s well-funded military should have been able to deter the drone attacks, though this may be something of a misunderstanding of the nature of such attacks. Either way, there appears to be some chance that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may face a challenge to his power in the future, from the King’s brother, Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz. According to one of the sources close to the Crown Prince informing the report, the Crown Prince “won’t be in danger [of his position], at least as long as the father lives.”