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Friday, June 3, 2011

Another Bloody Friday

When it comes to Syria, Yemen and Libya, I could use that headline every week. Yemen is especially grim today, with the shelling attack on the Presidential Palace wounding President Salih, his Prime Minister and Parliament Speaker. (Since the story keeps changing, I will accept the "slightly wounded" account until there's reason to believe otherwise, though they keep backtracking about a public appearance. LATER: He did do an audio-only broadcast to prove he's alive.) In response (?) there's heavy shelling of Sadiq al-Ahmar's home  as well as Gen. ‘Ali Muhsin's, two onetime supporters now leading the opposition. More on this as it evolves: clearly it's an escalation.

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