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US troops out as Yemen vows to counter Iran influence

A picture released by the Yemeni Presidency on March 21, 2015, shows President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi delivering a speech in the southern city of AdenYemen’s embattled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi pledged Saturday to fight Iranian influence in his violence-wracked country after US troops at a key Yemeni airbase were pulled out. The Americans at Al-Anad airbase have been evacuated for security reasons, a Yemeni military source there said a day after several suicide bombings at Shiite Huthi mosques claimed by the Sunni Islamic State group killed 142 people. Yemen has acknowledged that American personnel gathering intelligence for drone strikes targeting Al-Qaeda are deployed at Al-Anad. At least 29 people were killed Friday in clashes in Lahj between security forces and gunmen who included both Al-Qaeda militants and southern separatists.

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