Saturday, June 4, 2011

Saleh Reportedly Leaves Yemen for Saudi Arabia

Despots are dropping like locusts in the desert. Credit goes to The Arab Spring.

Embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has left Yemen, reportedly to seek medical treatment for what his aides had claimed were minor injuries sustained in yesterday's rocket attacks on his Presidential palace.

The New York Times says Yemeni officials are denying Saleh has left Yemen, but the Saudis say they now have him.

There are unconfirmed reports Saleh has a piece of shrapnel lodged in his chest not far from his heart.

Saleh's departure is a mixed bag for the U.S. Many American officials were tired of his strong-arm tactics and anti-democratic regime, but he was "our guy" when it came to allowing drones to kill suspected Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen.

His tyranny was apparently no match for the Pan-Arab freedom movement and well-armed tribal leaders who have long opposed him.

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