Saudi Arabia, training Saudi soldiers to set up their own intelligence capabilityThe Spy Who Raised Me Podcast
In this conversation between Jane Craigie and her father, Iain Craigie, the discussion centres on Iain’s posting to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia between 1979 and 1980. Iain was based there as one of five GCHQ operatives. Their role was to train Saudi Arabia’s national guard - mainly Bedouin - on how to set up the country’s own intelligence systems.
The posting was challenging, because most of the tutees were near illiterate, and the subject matter was highly technical. The time there was volatile and part of their work was to try and intercept transmissions and movements across the 1,100 mile border with Yemen.
This longer episode sets the context of the region back to WWI and Lawrence of Arabia, Kemal Ataturk, Gallipoli and the ANZACs. It also touches on the countries and the origins of the Sunni/Shia divisions, as well as the border areas and power in the Middle East.
Iain talks of his time living in the country, the Saudi culture and his adventures into the desert with the immensely kind Bedouin and their families of nomadic camel herders.
03/01/20 • 44 min
The Spy Who Raised Me Podcast - Saudi Arabia, training Saudi soldiers to set up their own intelligence capability
Welcome to the spy who raised me podcast conversations between a daughter and her father. Yes, you've guessed it, he was a spy. My name is Jane Craigie and I'm here with my dad Craigie and we are talking about that time when he was a Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. He was actually based in Jeddah to in 1979 1980. We're going to start with a little bit of context to the region so much that we're hearing about conflict in the Middle East, stems bac
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