Yemen limits Saleh son's powers amid US air strikes

Other units from the elite Republican Guards, which is led by Brigadier General Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the ex-president's son, were placed under different regional command.

Yemen limits Saleh son's powers amid US air strikes

World Bulletin / News Desk

Yemen's president ordered the restructuring of some military units on Monday, aiming to curb the powers of a son of former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh and stabilise a country where Saleh's legacy still looms large.

State-owned news agency Saba said late on Monday that President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi issued decrees transferring the command of some Republican Guards' units to a newly formed force called the Presidential Protective Forces under his authority.

Other units from the elite Republican Guards, which is led by Brigadier General Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the ex-president's son, were placed under different regional command.

The president's decrees also incorporated some army units led by dissident General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, who broke away from Saleh's forces after the protests began last year, into the new presidential force or under regional command.

Ahmar welcomed the decrees and called them "brave and patriotic decisions", Saba said, adding that the moves restore unity to the armed forces and improve discipline.

US AIR STRIKE

The move coincided with an air strike that killed two suspected fighters.

A local official in the southern province of al-Baydah said on Tuesday an air strike killed two suspected senior al Qaeda fighters overnight.

The official said the strike targetted a vehicle used by the militants in the city of Rada'a. A tribal source told Reuters the attack was likely by a U.S. drone.

Last Mod: 07 Ağustos 2012, 11:57
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