overseas, some major new developments today as we follow the turmoil in the
, rebels claim they now control another key city while in
government forces again opened fire on protesters. nbc's chief foreign correspondent
is following both stories tonight from benghazi,
. richard, good evening.
. we'll start in
. after weeks of fighting, hundreds of dead and injured, witnesses and rebels say that
's forces have pulled out from the center of the city of
. rebels claim
's troops were driven out of
, the city liberated, after nato intensified
this week and washington deployed armed predator drones for the first time.
's third largest city, just 120 miles from tripoli. tripoli is now the only major libyan city still fully controlled by
's government. but with leaving downtown
, a new tactic from the libyan colonel. some opposition leaders worry
forces will simply slip back in in civilian clothing, making them more difficult to identify, even with predator drones. but even if the games many
are real, analysts say the nato mission remains confused and unclear.
i don't think we have made up our own minds as to what we're trying to achieve. are we trying to bring down a
regime, which is not golf to do, we could do that in
, the tough part is what to do when
but the conflict in
is quickly becoming overshadowed by an explosion of violence in
. strategically, far more important to stability in the
. on friday, the syrian government unleashed one of the deadliest crackdowns since the arab yub uprisings began.
shows what happened when syrian
opened fire on tens of thousands of demonstrators, reportedly killing around 100. even now, the death toll remains unclear. today, the
opened fire again, shooting into crowds of mourners, killing more than a dozen.
rula amin is one of the few reporters still working in
every day the list of demands by the protesters is getting longer and the goals higher. at the beginning, they were asking for just regular reforms. now you have more people talking about toppling the regime.
two members of
's parliament resigned today in disgust. but so far the government and its
appear united, and clearly willing to kill their own citizens to stay in power. and,
, there has been a new development in yet another country in the region. a senior yemeni official says that yemen's president of 32 years, ali abdullah assad has agreed to step down. that transition would take place in about
. until a transition actually takes place, yemen remains politically very unstable.
watching the region for us tonight. thank you.
senator john mccain
who was in
this week will be among
's guests tomorrow on "meet the press."