Sunday, December 13, 2015

Three House panels to investigate whether ISIS intelligence was cooked

Three House committees will jointly investigate allegations U.S. Central Command altered intelligence reports, their chairmen announced Friday.

“Today, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Appropriations Committee established a Joint Task Force to investigate allegations that senior U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) officials manipulated intelligence products,” Reps. David Nunes (R-Calif.), Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) said in a joint statement.

Analysts at Centcom have alleged that senior officials altered their reports to paint a rosier picture of the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The Pentagon’s inspector general is already conducting an investigation into the allegations.

Magazine Foreign Policy reported last month that the task force would be formed.

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