Return of the Strongman


Gunfire in the streets of Sana'a heralded the arrival of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, back in his home country for the first time since June, when a rocket attack on his palace compound sent him to a hospital and convalescence in neighboring Saudi Arabia. Weeks of clashes between Saleh loyalists and renegade soldiers backed by tribal militias have left dozens dead. Saleh issued calls for peace and talks, but his forces continued shooting at peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators. Chaos reigns in parts of the country, with al-Qaeda-affiliated militants gaining ground. A key opposition figure compared...

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