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Saudis to pull some troops from Bahrain
DUBAI, United Aram Emirates — A Saudi military official said Tuesday that the kingdom plans to pull some units out of the 1,500-strong Gulf force sent to Bahrain to help quell a Shiite-led uprising for greater rights.
But an adviser to Bahrain’s king said there are no plans for a full withdrawal.
The Saudi military official did not say how many troops would remain behind after the pullout next week, announcing the drawdown in the midst of Bahraini government efforts to open a dialogue with the opposition they crushed a few months ago.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to media.
He said some of the Saudi-led force that came to the aid of Bahrain’s rulers in March will reposition units within the tiny kingdom, but no major withdrawal plans were under way.
Military forces bomb anti-government tribal area
SANAA — A senior tribal leader on Tuesday said Yemeni military forces commanded by President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s son bombed several villages of anti-government tribes north of the capital, killing at least three people.
Sheik Ali Youssef of the Naham tribe said that Republic Guard forces using warplanes and artillery pounded villages in the Naham mountain area, some 20 miles north of Sanaa.
Mr. Youssef said the assault began Monday and killed at least three people and destroyed as many as 48 houses. Hundreds were forced to flee their homes.
The Naham mountain area has seen clashes between government forces and anti-Saleh tribes since the beginning of Yemen’s popular uprising in mid-February.
Tribesmen frequently have prevented military forces in the area from deploying to the capital.
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