Yemen’s chaos deepens after rebels killed ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh

Saleh's slaying likely gives the rebels the upper hand in the days-long fighting for the country's capital, Sanaa

By: AP | Sanaa | Published: December 5, 2017 11:50 am
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The killing of Yemen’s ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the country’s Shiite rebels as their alliance crumbled has thrown the nearly three-year civil war into unpredictable new chaos. A video circulating online on Monday showed Saleh’s body with a gaping head wound dumped in a pickup truck by rebels a grisly end recalling that of longtime strongman Saleh’s contemporary, Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, in 2011.

Saleh’s slaying likely gives the rebels the upper hand in the days-long fighting for the country’s capital, Sanaa. It also shatters hopes by Yemen’s Saudi-backed government that Saleh’s recent split with the Iranian-backed rebels, known as Houthis, would have weakened them and given the government and the Saudi coalition backing a chance for a turning point in the stalemated war that has brought humanitarian disaster.

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