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Yemen - Second Elite Republican Guard base overrun by opposition in a week

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posted on Sep, 27 2011 @ 12:03 AM

SANAA, Yemen -- Anti-government tribesmen overran an army base housing an elite unit north of Yemen's capital early Monday, security officials said, capturing 30 soldiers and dealing a blow to the prestige of the powerful Republican Guards led by the son of the country's embattled president.

The officials said the tribesmen captured 30 guards when they seized control of the facility. At least four tribesmen were killed and 27 others wounded in the fighting, but the officials had no word on casualties among the guards. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

The article also says the commander of the base was killed in the fighting. Just a week ago, without firearms, protesters overran another elite republican guard base. The above article mentions the previous base being overrun, but here's another article that's more detailed.

The protesters, joined by soldiers from the renegade 1st Armored Division, stormed the base without firing a single shot, according to witnesses and security officials.

These bases are supposedly guarded by the "Elite Republican Guard"....they dont seem too elite anymore. In the past couple weeks, it seems the violence there has drastically escalated. I would say that Yemen is in a Civil War at the moment, with the government losing.

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