Major General Ali Mohsen Saleh defected today and sided with the protesters in light of recent killings by the government. Fellow top commanders Brigadier Hameed Al Koshebi, Brigadier Mohammed Ali Mohsen, Brigadier Nasser Eljahori, and General Ali Abdullaha Aliewa followed suit in joining the people. This move is sure to galvanize protesters even further in their calls for democracy in Yemen. These defections come after a string of recent political defections including Yemen’s ambassador to the UN. President Saleh had better make this next move wisely.
UPDATE: General Nasser Ali Shuaybi and 110 other various military officers are defecting. Ouch.