Saleh has assigned the crackdown on mutinous military units to his
Republican Guard and Central Security Forces, Middle East Newsline reported. Both of them were said to have
received extensive U.S. and British training over the last two years.
On April 13, Saleh forces attacked the military's First Armored Division
in Sanaa and captured a checkpoint. Officials said at least two people were
killed in an operation commanded by Saleh's son.
In March, the First Armored Division, led by Gen. Ali Mohsen Al Ahmar,
announced it was joining the opposition. Since then, the division, equipped
with Russian-origin T-72 main battle tanks, has taken positions around
Sanaa, including near presidential palace.
Scores of senior military officers have defected from the Saleh regime
and joined the opposition. The officers have sought to bring their units to
protect the opposition movement from regime attacks, which have included
Over the last week, Saleh appeared to have hardened his determination to
remain in power. Officials acknowledged that the president was no longer
considering proposals for him to step down.