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Shiite tribesmen denounce US presence in Yemen

Tribesmen, loyal to the al-Houthi Shi'ite rebel group, perform the traditional Baraa dance in the northwestern Yemeni province of Saada, Yemen on July 12, 2012.

By Khaled Abdullah / Reuters

The mountainous province of Saada is a stronghold for Shiite rebels known as the Houthis. The clan had fought government forces for years until an uprising against former President Ali Abdullah Saleh last year gave them a free hand in the lawless frontier province.

Washington is deepening its involvement in Yemen, using drone strikes to target suspected militants and training the Yemeni army to fight as a counter to the threat of al-Qaeda. The tribal gathering was held to denounce what tribesmen say is U.S. interference in Yemen. Read more about Shia Islam here

Shadows of tribesmen are cast on the ground as they perform the traditional Baraa in the province of Saada, Yemen on July 12, 2012.

A tribesman performs the traditional Baraa dance in the northwestern province of Saada, Yemen on July 12, 2012.

Tribesmen loyal to al-Houthi Shi'ite rebel group perform the traditional Baraa dance in the northwestern province of Saada, Yemen on July 11, 2012.

A boy stands among tribesmen, loyal to the al-Houthi Shi'ite rebel group, gathering in the northwestern Yemeni province of Saada, Yemen on July 11, 2012.

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