Yemen: After Ahmad the Devil

Up the coast from Aden, Yemen had its own convulsion. The trouble began weeks ago, when one Colonel Abdullah Sallal, former commander of the port city of Hodeida and implicated in previous plots against the monarchy, launched a new conspiracy. It was aimed at the Imam, known as Ahmad the Devil, who had ruled despotically for 14 years, survived repeated rebellions, and liked to behead his numerous enemies in public. No one is quite sure why Sallal was plotting against the Imam, but one theory is that Sallal is a Nasser sympathizer and Nasser hated the Imam for a...

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