House calls for Pentagon probe of alleged torture in Yemen

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives has voted to demand that Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to determine whether U.S. military or intelligence personnel violated the law in interrogations of detainees in Yemen.

By voice vote, the House on Thursday adopted the measure as part of the 2019 defense authorization bill. The amendment was sponsored by Rep. Ro Khanna, a Democrat of California.

It is unclear whether the measure will be included in the final defense bill. There is no corresponding provision in the Senate version of the bill.

The Associated Press last year reported that hundreds of people will be swept up in the hunt for al-Qaeda militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in the south of Yemen. It is reported that Us officials acknowledged that AMERICAN forces have been involved in the interrogations of detainees in Yemen, but denied any participation in or knowledge of the human rights.

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