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Senators ask military officials to clarify US role in Yemen torture

Senators ask military officials to clarify US role in Yemen torture

A copy of the order issued by Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid bin Daghr was obtained by The Associated Press.

US State Department spokesperson Rankine-Galloway told Sputnik on Thursday that the Defense Department had not received any credible evidence that its forces were involved in any abuses in Yemen.

The government of the UAE denied the existence of a clandestine prison network, telling the AP that "there are no secret detention centers, and no torture of prisoners is done during interrogations".

The AP report said US forces have been involved in interrogations of detainees, citing senior American defense officials.

John McCain (R-AZ) and Jack Reed (D-RI) request the defense secretary investigate allegations reported by the Associated Press that hundreds of prisoners detained in the effort to counter Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have been tortured at the hands of Emirati and Yemeni forces.




"Even the suggestion that the United States tolerates torture by our foreign partners compromises our national security mission by undermining the moral principle that distinguishes us from our enemies - our belief that all people possess basic human rights", the senators wrote in a letter to Mattis. At the Riyan airport in the southern Yemeni city of Mukalla, former inmates described shipping containers smeared with feces and crammed with blindfolded detainees.

UAE's ministry of foreign affairs called the allegations "completely untrue" and a "political game" by Yemeni groups to discredit the Saudi-led coalition.

The World Health Organisation estimates more than 8,000 people have been killed in two years of conflict in Yemen.

A statement from the ministry declared this would be in the jurisdiction of local Yemeni authorities and noted that while working cooperatively with Yemeni forces, the UAE has played a key role in removing rebel Al Qaeda forces from Southern Yemen.


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