In recent days, there has been a lot of talk about Saudi Arabia—from the Kingdom’s planned military intervention in Syria, to commentators telling us to brace for the fall of the Kingdom of Saud. With things getting dicey in Bahrain again, and given Saudi Arabia’s unsustainable economy, this may very well be the case.
There have also been some interesting information operations being run against Saudi Arabia over the last week. The below document was “leaked” on social media with an intentional mistranslation stating that Saudi military officers refused to deploy to Syria. SOFREP had a former U.S. Navy Arabic linguist, Peter Morlock, translate the document to get the real story. The correct translation also appears below.
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Ministry of Defense
Offices of Intelligence & Security of the Armed Forces
Subj: Request for a number of (specialists) in the war to Syria
Date: May 6, 1437 (Islamic Calendar) <2015>
** Handwritten number underlined = 517 : meaning unknown, possible document ID # **
Classification: Top Secret (literally “Utmost Secret”)
For his Highness, the Vice Minister of Council of Ministers, Minister of the Interior
Peace to you all, the mercy of Allah and his blessings
We the experts from the Armed Services of Saudi Arabia, protector of the holy mosques, religion, the King, and our nation implore that “storm operations”; not encumbered (perhaps restricted) all/each of the targets will result in quick successes in a number of missions. And in consideration of the complex issues in the region; send forces to Syria which concerns our stability, our security. The strength and training against the highest risks and our continuing studies, we hope will be suitable for the sake of our nation.
Gen. Abdullah bin Ali bin Abdullah Alnamla 1012467676
Gen. Salah bin Ali bin Muhammed Almahia 1008429258
Gen. Ali bin Muhammed bin Ali Al Khalifa 1029353560
Lt. Gen. Meria bin Hassan bin Ali Al Sharani 1005279764
Lt. Gen. Abdul AL Rahman bin Abdullah bin Hamid Al Rashid 1019999636
Lt. Gen. Assad bin Abdul Aziz Al Zahir 1029275169
Lt. Gen. Majid bin Talhab bin Hamd Al Atibi 1006775223
Lt. Gen. Nasser bin Abdul Al Aziz bin Adbullah Al Arafaj 1001658515
Maj. Gen. Ayun bin Ali bin Ahmed Al Shamarni 1049530924
Maj. Gen. Ali bin Halhawal bin Jerwan Al Ishjaii Al Ruiil 1030563164
End of Document