Saturday, April 23, 2011

Middle East Unrest

It's been a tense week in the middle east....

In Yemen where President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been in power for the last 32 years, there's been an agreement for him to step down in return for immunity. Perhaps afraid that he would find himself in a similar situation as Honsi Mubarak, under house arrest and having to answer for himself. The opposition has agreed to the deal although they are still negotiating some details.

In Syria where the past few weeks have seen opposition protest steadily increase, at least 88 people were believed to be killed when security forces opened fire on a massive "great fiday" anti-government protest. President Bashar al-Assad has been in office since the year 2000 and his father, Hafez al-Assad was President for 30 years before him.

Despite United States insistence that it is scaling back operations in Libya, the U.S. is deploying and using it's first armed drone planes. Unarmed drones had already been used prior to locate pro Gadhaffi forces. The first attack using such drones hit near a Gadhaffi compound in Tripoli.

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