Mideast's arch-survivor stands in way of Saudi success in Yemen

April 15, 2015 4:04 PM

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Mideast's arch-survivor stands in way of Saudi success in Yemen

DUBAI (Reuters) - Three weeks of Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen have led to defections of army units loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, military sources said, dealing a blow to his efforts to stage a comeback.

Saleh has teamed up with his old foes, the Iranian-allied Houthis, against his former backer Saudi Arabia, displaying the political skill that enabled him to rule the heavily armed and fractious country for more than three decades.

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