The U.S. appears to be shifting in its support for the Yemen's leader, a long-time ally in the war on terror.
American and Yemeni officials say the U.S. doubts the ability Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to reform his nation and believes he should eventually be removed from office.
"The Americans have been pushing for transfer of power since the beginning" of negotiations with the U.S. on the terms of Saleh's potential departure, a Yemeni official told The New York Times.
The subtle about-face comes as forces loyal to Yemen's embattled leader seek to quell anti-government demonstrations.
Clashes between pro-Saleh forces and rebel fighters in the capital city of Sanaa left three tribesmen dead Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is condemning Yemen's violent crackdown and is urging authorities to practice restraint in dealing with protestors.
President Saleh has been a key ally in America's fight against al-Qaeda. How might this U.S. shift affect the war on terror? CBN News International Correspondent George Thomas addressed that question and more on the CBN News Channels Midday News.