Yemen: Sudden Death Deadline


April 15, 2011:  Casualties during three months of rebellion are approaching a thousand, with over 130 dead. The army and police are divided, and the defections to the rebels are continuing. Saleh is rapidly running out of allies at home and abroad, but still apparently wants to leave on his own terms. Saleh may still believe he can eventually negotiate his way out of is mess, but that looks less likely by the day. It's still unclear who, or what, will replace Saleh.

April 14, 2011: The larger and more united opposition has given president Saleh two weeks to leave. This was in response to a Gulf Cooperation Council offer of more negotiations over when, or if, Saleh would leave.

April 13, 2011: With some police and army commanders siding with the rebels, clashes between the opposing security forces are beginning to take place. Today, in the capital (Sanaa), such a clash at a checkpoint left seven dead.

April 10, 2011: Yemen's major neighbors (Saudi Arabia and the other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council) have apparently advised Saleh to get out as soon as possible, or at least seriously consider doing so.

 In the south, a group of al Qaeda clashed with some soldiers, leaving ten of the Islamic terrorists dead, along with two soldiers.

April 9, 2011:  The weekly Friday demonstrations led to over a hundred casualties countrywide, most from gunfire. This simply increased anger against Saleh and his remaining loyalists.

Al Jazeera was expelled from the country. Al Jazeera had good coverage of the protest violence, and a huge audience throughout the Arab world.


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