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Unrest in Yemen Leading Toward Civil War?

Monday, March 21, 2011 - 04:51 PM

"I think, I really fear, that the countdown to civil war in Yemen has just begun. It’s not just about protests in Yemen. You have some major defections by army generals in the last 24 hours. You have internal divisions within the ruling party of Pres. Ali Abdullah Saleh. Some elements from his own tribe are calling for him to step down. You have now a military standoff between special forces led by his son and the first division of the army of which the generals, some of his closest generals, have defected. You have turmoil engulfing most of the Yemen. You have a separatist movement in the South; you have a tribal insurgency in the North. But most important of all, I would argue, the new democratic revolt that has been sweeping the Arab world has reached Yemen with a vengeance."

Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics. For more of the interview, click here

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Kibii arap Maiyo from Kenya

I am a christian and I praying for peace to return to Yemen. The people of Yemen deserve peace and free democracy. Please Mr. President sacrifice your personal rights for the sake of the people of Yemen.

May. 22 2011 10:54 AM

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