Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's former strongman, dead after decades of playing both sides - CBS News

CBS News| Mon Dec 04 10:00:37 EST 2017
SANAA, Yemen -- Ali Abdullah Saleh survived for decades as Yemen's strongman, the master of shifting alliances, playing both sides - or flipping sides freely - in the multiple guerrilla conflicts and civil wars that tore apart his impoverished nation throughout his life. But his last switch proved to be his end. Saleh, who was Yemen's president for 33 years until he stepped down in 2012 amid an Arab Spring uprising, was killed Monday by the Shiite rebels known as Houthis whom he'd once allied with in hopes of a return to power but then turned against in recent months. A video circulating online showed Saleh's body, his eyes open but glassy, motionless, blood staining his shirt and a gaping w..

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