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Lawmakers have asked Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to investigate the alleged torture of prisoners in Yemen, per the AP.

The AP issued a report Thursday that the U.S. is interrogating detainees in Yemen (which the U.S. acknowledges) as part of the search for militants in al-Qaeda, but that the U.S. is interrogating them after they've been tortured by the United Arab Emirates. That would put the U.S. in violation of the International Convention Against Torture.

The intrigue of this news is that several defense officials told the AP the U.S. has already looked into the allegations of torture and was "satisfied" there wasn't any, as the AP put it. These lawmakers want a further look.

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