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Yemen air strikes

Our last post (a few days ago, sorry for the lack of posts, but we are in finals week) discussed Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s reluctance to move forward to a transition of power in Yemen.  Today there was another negative development: according to Al Jazeera, Yemeni jets and helicopters launched a strike at the Hashid tribe’s military camp.

Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar, the tribal chief, said on Friday that there was a truce between his fighters and security forces in Sanaa, but he was ready for war if the embattled president wants one.

“There is a truce between us and [President] Ali Abdullah Saleh” for mediation to take place, said Ahmar at a funeral for 30 of his fighters killed in clashes with Saleh’s security forces in the capital which began on Monday.

“If the Saleh regime wants a peaceful revolution, we are ready for that. If he chooses war, we will fight him,” Ahmar said.

Certainly, the last thing the world needs in another Libya, but presently it seems possible that events are heading in that direction.


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