March 21, 2011
Yemen Civil War
Well, this is most unpleasant, Yemen showdown looms as army loyalties divide | World news | The Guardian
Yemen showdown looms as army loyalties divide
Defence minister vows to stand by president after 12 senior military commanders defect from regime
I was just watching this on Al Jazeerah. At first I thought he was announcing a coup.
"According to what I'm feeling, and according to the feelings of my partner commanders and soldiers … I announce our support and our peaceful backing to the youth revolution," Ali Mohsen said via a video statement released before noon.Well, Yemen has fought civil wars before.
Minutes after Ali Mohsen's defection, tanks belonging to the republican guards, an elite force led by the president's son Ahmed Ali, rolled into the streets of Sana'a, setting the stage for a standoff between defectors and loyalists.
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