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Congressional task force to scrutinize CentCom intelligence complaints



Three committees in the U.S. House of Representatives are setting up a task force to investigate claims that supervisors at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base manipulated intelligence reports to make it appear that military efforts to train Iraqi troops and undermine Islamic State terrorists went better than they really did.

“In addition to looking into the specific allegations, the Joint Task Force will examine whether these allegations reflect systemic problems across the intelligence enterprise in CentCom or any other pertinent intelligence organizations,” according to a statement from Republican representatives Devin Nunes of California, Mac Thornberry of Texas and Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, who chair, respectively, the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Armed Services Committee and Defense Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee.

The task force’s investigation is expected to produce preliminary results early in 2016.

[Last modified: Monday, December 14, 2015 8:19am]


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