Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Yemen Military Commanders Join Opposition as Tanks Take to the Streets

After 32 years in power Yemen's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, looks destined to become the next Arab leader to be toppled as 11 military commanders, including a senior general, defected from the regime, promising to protect anti-government protesters in the capital.

General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, a long-time confidant of the president and head of the Yemeni army in the country's north-west, announced he would support "the peaceful revolution" by sending soldiers under his command to protect the thousands gathered in the capital demanding for Saleh to step down.

"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.'


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