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Saudi Arabia announces restructuring of intelligence service

Reuters , Thursday 20 Dec 2018
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud attends the 2019 budget meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 18, 2018 (Photo: Reuters)
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Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday the creation of three new government bodies aimed at improving the country's intelligence operations. 

The new government departments - for strategy and development, legal affairs, and performance evaluation and internal review - are meant to ensure that intelligence operations align with national security policy, international law and human rights treaties, state news agency SPA reported.

The new departments were created by a committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's defence minister.

In October, King Salman bin Abdel-Aziz ordered a restructuring of the intelligence service after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online. 

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