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Regional Intelligence Reports Summary to- 30 Apr 14

Five Dimensions Consultants discuss Bandar Bin Sultan’s removal as Saudi Arabia‘s Chief of Intelligence Service and the reasons behind the move, disputing several news reports that his removal was influenced by US pressure.

In Syria, they focus on the chemical attacks that took place in or near Idlib, Aleppo, Hama (Kfar Zeita) in recent weeks.

Their Iran report gives an update on the recent economic activities of Reza Zarrab, a businessman who was arrested in mid-December (but released in late February) for illegal gold for oil trading between Iran and Turkey.

In general they report that relations between Qatar and other GCC states appear to be improving after an agreement between the two sides was reached. In our regional report, we examine the main aspects of the agreement and discuss the most probable reasons behind Qatar’s efforts to restore relations with its GCC partners.

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