As the monarchy’s intelligence apparatus, GIP is instrumental to the power of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Once the King’s personal security detail, the Saudi service was organized into a modern intelligence service by Prince Turki al-Faisal in the 1970s. Faisal, who maintained good relations with the U.S. CIA and Washington policymakers, resigned ten days before the 9/11 attacks, in which 15 Saudi hijackers participated.
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The GIP is now tested by crisis in U.S-Saudi relations triggered the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. One top GIP official has been charged with murder. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) announced a reorganization of GIP in October 2018 with results to be determined.
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