The Daily Beast: US investigators torture Yemenis

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The US Daily Beast newspaper published an extensive investigation about the role of US interrogators in torturing along with their UAE counterparts in Yemeni presons.

The newspaper quoted the testimony of two former detainees, fight against the Huthis and arrested by Emiratis, stressing that at least one American interrogator was present during brutal torture that included beatings, electric shocks, rape and using of vicious dogs.

It pointed out that some of those investigators were wearing US military uniforms, and they were whispering to the UAE investigator who was carrying out these acts of torture.

It also reported that the human rights activist , Jennifer Gibson , said that the narratives of these detainees underscored the importance of the questions about the US involvement in torture operations run by allies of Washington.

The report pointed to the refusal of the US Central Command and the US Embassy in the UAE, as well as the Central Intelligence Agency, to answer questions on this issue.

American lawmakers are making stated efforts to end US President Donald Trump’s support for Saudi Arabia’s war on impoverished Yemen.

“When Yemenis see ‘Made in USA’ on the bombs that are killing them, it tells them the United States of America is responsible for this war,” Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, told reporters at a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday.

A recent report has revealed the US’s active complicity in the deadly Saudi-led war on Yemen, saying the Pentagon runs an aerial combat training program for UAE personnel.

According to an official December 2017 US Air Force Central Command document obtained by Yahoo News on Wednesday, the US “escorted 6 UAE F-16s to RED FLAG; assisted 150 airmen in challenging ex[ercise] to prepare for combat ops in Yemen.”

In March 2015, the US -backed –Saudi-led coalition started  a war against Yemen with the declared aim of crushing the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who had taken over from the staunch Riyadh ally and fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, while also seeking to secure the Saudi border with its southern neighbor. Three years and over 600,000 dead and injured Yemeni people and  prevented the patients from travelling abroad for treatment and blocked the entry of medicine into the war-torn country, the war has yielded little to that effect.

Despite the coalition claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

However, Saudi Arabia relies heavily on the US in its brutal war on Yemen. Washington has deployed a commando force on the Arab kingdom’s border with Yemen to help destroy arms belonging to Yemen’s popular Houthi Ansarullah movement. Washington has also provided logistical support and aerial refueling.

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