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Top Saudi commanders replaced

01 March 2018

The Saudi military got a new chief of the general staff, as well as new land, air, air defence, and strategic missile forces commanders under a royal order announced on 26 February.

Saudi Arabia’s new chief of the general staff, Major General Fayyadh bin Hamid bin Ragad al-Ruwaili, is seen with Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, after his promotion on 26 February. (Saudi Press Agency)Saudi Arabia’s new chief of the general staff, Major General Fayyadh bin Hamid bin Ragad al-Ruwaili, is seen with Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, after his promotion on 26 February. (Saudi Press Agency)

General Abd-al-Rahman bin Saleh bin Abdullah al-Bunyan was retired and replaced as chief of the General Staff by his deputy, Lieutenant General Fayyadh bin Hamid bin Ragad al-Ruwaili, who was promoted to full general.

Lieutenant General Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz al-Saud was replaced as the commander of the Royal Saudi Land Forces (RSLF) by Major General Fahd bin Abdullah bin Muhammad al-Mutair, who was promoted to lieutenant general.

A former special forces commander, Lt Gen Fadh bin Turki had only served as overall RSLF commander since April 2017, but was given a new role at the same rank as the commander of ‘Joint Forces’: a possible reference to the Saudi-led military operation in Yemen, which is officially known as the Coalition Joint Forces to Support Legitimacy in Yemen.

Major General Jarallah bin Muhammad bin Jarallah Al-Alwait was appointed as the new commander of the Strategic Missile Forces, Major General Mazyad bin Sulaiman bin Mazyad al-Amru was appointed commander of the Royal Saudi Air Defence Forces (RSADF), and Major General Turki bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz al-Saud was appointed commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). All three were promoted to lieutenant general.

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