The U.S. military and/or the CIA outsourced parts of their ongoing torture campaign in Yemen to the United Arab Emirates, reports AP. Some “interrogations” are done in the presence of U.S. personal and on U.S. ships:
MUKALLA, Yemen (AP) — Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme — including the “grill,” in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire, an Associated Press investigation has found.Senior American defense officials acknowledged Wednesday that U.S. forces have been involved in interrogations of detainees in Yemen but denied any participation in or knowledge of human rights abuses.
At one main detention complex at Riyan airport in the southern city of Mukalla, former inmates described being crammed into shipping containers smeared with feces and blindfolded for weeks on end. They said they were beaten, trussed up on the “grill,” and sexually assaulted. According to a member of the Hadramawt Elite, a Yemeni security force set up by the UAE, American forces were at times only yards away.
There have long been rumors in Yemen that detainees were transported to U.S. ships off the coast for intense “interrogations”:
@BaFana3 – 3:42am · 6 May 2016
All on #Yemen now : US aircraft carrier, 2 naval destroyers, amphibious ready group & Marine expeditionary unit. That’s near 15,000 troops
Now I know whose ships the captured AQAP militants are being ferried to from Al Mukalla, Hadhramaut.
A Yemeni officer who said he was deployed for a time on a ship off the coast said he saw at least two detainees brought to the vessel for questioning. The detainees were taken below deck, where he was told American “polygraph experts” and “psychological experts” conducted interrogations.
Two senior Yemen officials, one in Hadi’s Interior Ministry and another in the 1st Military District, based in Hadramawt province where Mukalla is located, also said Americans were conducting interrogations at sea, as did a former senior security official in Hadramawt.
Former detainees and one Yemen official provided the AP with the names of five suspects held at black sites who were interrogated by Americans.
The UAE had been part of the CIA’s “black sites” torture apparatus. Its agents are thereby well trained. The U.S. military and/or the CIA now seem to have outsourced (vid) most of the “dirty” stuff to them. That does not make them less culpable.
The Obama administration has called this acting “by, with and through” allies. The Trump administration continues with the scheme.
The tortured “militants” were most likely not al-Qaeda chaps. Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula held the harbor city of Mukalla in Yemen. The UAE “liberated” the city in April 2016 by making a deal with AQAP and letting them go. It is allied with the group while fighting the Yemeni Houthi. If the U.S. torture crews believe that they are “interrogating” real “al-Qaeda” they are hoodwinked by the UAE operators.
The U.S. military is, of course, denying all torture accusations and the CIA is, of course, not commenting, but denigrating the accusers. We have heard such denials before.
Yesterday an al-Saud family clown prince replaced another al-Saud family clown prince to replace the old al-Saud family king who will be offed soon. This in a country named after the al-Saud family. It is change you can believe in. The soon to be dictator-king Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the guy who has debt-to-GDP, is fawned over in U.S. media. That is no wonder. He has lot of money and no idea of its value. He paid €500 million for a used ship that had cost only €300 million when it was build six years earlier. Some of his money will drop here or there when a journalist writes a pretty piece about him. If the journo is really good at it s/he will get paid off in some CIA endorsed weapon deal with the Gulf sheiks. Bin Salman is not very bright. He visited Israel and is in constant contact with Israeli officials. His development program for Saudi Arabia, based on austerity, was written by McKinsey consultants and is thereby likely to fail. With his extreme anti-Iranian stand he looks like a mere U.S.-Israeli puppet.
The 26 million people he rules over will not like either. Many Arab peninsula citizens will want to see his head on a pike. The House of Saud is now a house of cards destined to fall.
The rise and installation of Muhammad bin Salman as Saudi King is, in part, a project of his mentor, the Emirati clown prince Mohammed bin Zayed. Bin Zayed rules the UAE. “By, with and through” allies comes to mind.
The Saudi rulers sponsored, together with Qatar, the ISIS takeover of Iraq and parts of Syria. They also helped finance the Clinton campaign. The Islamic State terrorists just blew up the 845 year old al-Nuri mosque in Mosul. ISIS leader Baghdadi had declared himself Caliph in that mosque and the Iraqi military was on the verge of re-taking it.
The NYT report of the mosque destruction calls the the ISIS nihilists “militants”:
Almost from the beginning of its rule, the Islamic State systematically destroyed or damaged one important monument or shrine after another[…] In Mosul’s library, militants burned thousands of old books and manuscripts.
Another NYT report recently called Bernie Sanders followers “militant”:
The growing tension between the party’s ascendant militant wing and Democrats competing in conservative-leaning terrain, was on vivid, split-screen display over the weekend. In Chicago, Senator Bernie Sanders led …
Demanding single-payer health care is obviously comparable to the sectarian massacring of thousands or to blowing up century old places of worship. Only “militants” do such. But don’t you dare to compare Saudi sponsoring of ISIS and of Hillary Clinton. Even when the Saudis are doing both.
Drawing connections from the UAE/CIA torture in Yemen, the UAE mentoring of the coming Saudi king, Saudi sponsoring of the CIA endorsed Clinton campaign, the U.S./Saudi caused famine, as well as the terror of ISIS in not kosher – even when there are direct lines between all of these. Trump is, by the way, no better than Clinton in this. His endorsement of the aggressive new Saudi ruler while a U.S. jet shoots down a Syrian plane which is attacking ISIS is likely not just a coincidence.
But its the progressives who are “militant”.
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French journalist dies after landmine blast in ISIS-besieged Mosul
“It’s with great sadness, we announce… the death of journalist Veronique Robert who succumbed to her wounds after an explosion in Mosul, Iraq,” public national television broadcaster France Televisions said in a statement on Saturday. Robert, 54, was a Swiss-born reporter, working for French media.
Earlier in June, the journalist and her colleagues were accompanying Iraqi special forces in Mosul, where Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has set numerous booby traps.
The journalists were working for #5 Bis Productions company filming the program Envoye Special for France 2 TV channel.
French journalist Stephan Villeneuve and Iraqi Kurdish reporter Bakhtiyar Addad were killed in the incident. Their colleague, independent journalist Samuel Forey, received light injuries.
Robert underwent surgery in Baghdad and was transported to Percy hospital near Paris on Thursday night, France Televisions said.
“A specialist in war zones, she covered many conflicts in the Middle East, notably in Iraq,” the statement added.
Robert’s producer, Nicolas Jaillard, wrote on Facebook that he had been hoping for better news, calling Robert “an extraordinary woman.”
“The word sadness is not enough to describe how we feel,” he said.
The Reporters Without Borders (RSF) group expressed condolences to Roberts’ colleagues and family.
“There are too many headstones in the cemetery of great reporters who died while performing their duties,” RSF Secretary General Christophe Deloire said.
Décès de Véronique Robert : “trop de stèles au cimetière des grands reporters” selon RSF https://rsf.org/fr/actualites/deces-de-veronique-robert-trop-de-steles-au-cimetiere-des-grands-reporters-selon-rsf … @Francetele@EnvoyeSpecial
Robert’s death is just one of a series of deaths of reporters who are “greatly attached” to their job and who believe that “it is an honor for journalists to be witnesses of human tragedies,” he added.
Deloire said earlier that Iraq is the deadliest country for journalists. According to the RSF tally, a total of 28 “professional and non-professional journalists” have been killed in the country since the beginning of 2014.
“War is obviously dangerous, but every death or injury is a victim too many. No one should have to pay such a high price just for reporting the news,” he said.
The US-backed operation to retake Mosul from the terrorist group was launched in October of 2016. Earlier in June, Iraqi forces pressed into the Old City where the remaining jihadists have been holed up with air support from the US-led coalition and backing from Shiite militias and the Kurdish peshmerga on the ground. According to UN estimates, around 100,000 civilians are still trapped in the area.