Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 6:34 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

Here is a look at the latest developments in Mideast political unrest:

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LIBYA

Airstrikes by Western forces hit forces of Moammar Gadhafi for the third straight night. Coalition officials say the campaign as cut into Gadhafi's ability to hit rebels and has neutralized much of his air defense system, but warn that the campaign in Libya could be long.

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YEMEN

Key military officers in the Yemeni army desert President Ali Abdullah Saleh, depriving the U.S.-allied ruler of most of his fast-dwindling power base. Rival tanks deployed in the streets of the capital, but there were no clashes. Saleh, in power for 32 years, is insisting he won't step down.

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BAHRAIN

King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa implies that Iran is behind the unrest in his country. He also praises the presence of the Saudi-led contingent from the Gulf Cooperation Council. The king heads a 200-year-old Sunni Muslim dynasty in the mostly Shiite Muslim country.

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SYRIA

Protesters defy a crackdown and marched in the southern city of Daraa after a much larger crowd burned government buildings during three previous days of protests, when police killed seven demonstrators. Police disperse the Monday march with no casualties. The unrest is exceptional in a country known not to tolerate dissent or protests.