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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Yemeni Rebels Shoot Down Fighter

Yemeni rebels being described as "tribesmen" have managed to shoot down a Yemeni Air Force Sukhoi Su-22 fighter near Arhab. Fighting has seemingly intensified since President Salih's return vfrom Saudi Arabia last week.

I suspect the Su-22 was carrying out ground attacks against rebel positions,and I also suspect these "tribesmen" include rebel military units. Libyan rebels claimed to bring down a couple of Libyan fighters (also I believe SU-22s) durting the fighting there.

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