Pro-Assad Web sites are claiming that the Syrian government assassinated Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the current intelligence chief and the former ambassador to the United States. The Syrians accuse him and the CIA of orchestrating the recent bombing in Damascus that killed several top regime figures, undermining the initial claim that the attack was carried out by an Islamist suicide bomber.
I have no idea if the Syrians really killed Bandar bin Sultan or if he’s even dead. (The Saudis might want to trot him out soon if he’s still alive.) If Assad is responsible for killing him, though, expect the Middle East to heat up substantially.