Monday, May 30, 2011

'The Winds of Change': Islamic militants Seize Yemeni City as 'Arab Spring' blossoms

In a tape released shortly after his death, Osama Bin Laden extolled the "winds of change" that are currently blowing throughout the Arab world. Likewise, President Obama used the very same phrase to offer up his own words of praise for the Arab uprisings.

Little did these two great minds realize just how soon the "winds of change" would evolve into "real change" - "change we can believe in"!
Hundreds of Islamic militants cemented control over a town in southern Yemen on Sunday, even seizing army tanks, military officials said, while breakaway army units encouraged other military forces to switch their loyalties and join the uprising.

The growing number of defections in the military posed the most serious threat yet to President Ali Abdullah Saleh's three-decade grip on his country...

Hundreds of Islamic militants stormed Zinjibar, a small town of more than 20,000 people near the shores of the Gulf of Aden, on Friday, seizing a number of banks and government offices.

Military officials said the militants extended their control starting late Saturday night, capturing six army tanks and several armored cars after the governor, the security chief and the commander of a local army brigade withdrew.
"Winds of change, indeed! "Change you can believe in!"

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