Yemen on the Verge of Collapse

Today was a whirlwind of a day for Yemen. 

One top officer, Maj. Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, and eighteen other senior commanders have announced that they are siding with their protesters, and it appears that those under their command have agreed to do so as well. While this reeks of a military coup, the Defense Minister, Mohammad Nasser Ali, came to the aid of Yemen’s President Saleh and said, “The armed forces will stay faithful to the oath they gave before God, the nation and political leadership under the brother president Ali Abdullah Saleh.”

This interesting and potentially explosive development could give rise to a civil war, something which Yemen is not unfamiliar with. The same fears were expressed by one protester who said he desired a nonviolent solution, “We are now in the middle of two militaries – one that has joined the protesters and one that is under the authority of president Saleh. There is fear of civil war, but we are insisting on having a peaceful revolution.” An eery foreshadowing of things to come, tanks operated by defectors are literally facing those of Saleh loyalists…

Read the rest at Interest of the State.

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