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May 27, 2011

Civil war looms in Yemen, Saleh urged to quit

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemen teetered on the verge of civil war on Friday as President Ali Abdullah Saleh defied calls from opponents and world leaders for him to relinquish power.

More than 40 Yemenis were killed in pitched street battles in the capital Sanaa on Thursday, the fourth day of clashes since the collapse of a Gulf-brokered agreement for Saleh to step down and bring an end to four months of unrest.

May 26, 2011

Sanaa is now a capital divided between entrenched enemies

SANAA (Reuters) – Like a Beirut, Belfast or Berlin of old, Sanaa is now a capital divided between entrenched and bitter enemies.

South Sanaa is under the control of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s security forces, and the north is mainly controlled by General Ali al-Mohsen al-Ahmar, one of Yemen’s most powerful military leaders who defected in March to protesters demanding the end of Saleh’s nearly 33-year-old rule.

May 26, 2011

Civil war looms as big blasts rock Yemeni capital

SANAA (Reuters) – Heavy explosions rocked the Yemeni capital Sanaa in the small hours of Thursday as fighting to topple the veteran president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, threatened to descend into civil war.

More than 40 people have been killed since Monday in a part of northern Sanaa where fighters loyal to powerful tribal leader Sadiq al-Ahmar have been attacking and trying to take over government buildings including the Interior Ministry.

May 25, 2011

Yemenis flee gunbattles, Saleh rules out concessions

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemenis fled the capital on Wednesday to escape gunbattles between loyalists and opponents of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who said he would make no more concessions to those seeking his ouster.

Sporadic machinegun fire rang out for the third day in the sandbagged streets around the mansion of an influential tribal leader who has backed protesters seeking to overthrow the longtime ruler after repeated international mediation failed.

May 25, 2011

Yemenis flee sporadic gunbattles in capital

SANAA (Reuters) – Yemenis fled the capital on Wednesday to escape gunbattles between loyalists and opponents of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who said he would make no more concessions to those seeking his ouster.

Sporadic machinegun fire rang out for the third day in the sandbagged streets around the mansion of an influential tribal leader who has backed protesters seeking to overthrow the longtime ruler after repeated international mediation failed.

May 25, 2011

Yemen won’t become failed state, president says

SANAA (Reuters) – President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Wednesday Yemen would not become a failed state or be dragged into civil war despite fierce clashes in the capital with tribal gunmen seeking his ouster.

But Saleh, who has ruled the fractious Arabian Peninsula state for nearly 33 years, said that while he was willing to sign a deal that would end his rule he would not make any further concessions.

May 10, 2011

Analysis: Syria’s Assad turns to tanks to put down unrest

LONDON (Reuters) – Tanks are pushing into Syrian towns. Snipers are on rooftops, shooting at anything that moves. Security forces are mowing down or rounding up protesters.

The presence of heavy amour is familiar to the Arab world. It could easily have been that of U.S. tanks sweeping into Baghdad in 2003 or Israeli tanks storming south Lebanon in 2006. But the tanks are Syrian and the targets are Syrian protesters demanding the downfall of Bashar al-Assad’s rule.

May 10, 2011

Syria’s Assad turns to tanks to put down unrest

LONDON (Reuters) – Tanks are pushing into Syrian towns. Snipers are on rooftops, shooting at anything that moves. Security forces are mowing down or rounding up protesters.

The presence of heavy armour is familiar to the Arab world. It could easily have been that of U.S. tanks sweeping into Baghdad in 2003 or Israeli tanks storming south Lebanon in 2006. But the tanks are Syrian and the targets are Syrian protesters demanding the downfall of Bashar al-Assad’s rule.

May 2, 2011

Bin Laden killing brings anger, relief in Arab world

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Those who revered him prayed the news was not true but many in the Arab world felt the death of Osama bin Laden was long overdue.

Some said the killing of the Saudi-born al Qaeda founder in Pakistan was scarcely relevant any more, now that secular uprisings have begun toppling corrupt Arab autocrats who had resisted violent Islamist efforts to weaken their grip on power.

Apr 27, 2011

Analysis – Syria neighbours fear future without Assad family

BEIRUT (Reuters) – From Israel to Iran, Syria’s neighbours are starting to contemplate the possibility of a future without the Assad family as Lords of Damascus, and, whether friends or foes, some don’t like what they see.

Indeed, some are in denial about what they are witnessing.

Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shi’ite movement widely seen as an Iranian proxy in the Middle East, purports to believe the government of President Bashar al-Assad is putting down an insurrection by armed gangs of Salafi or Sunni Muslim fanatics.