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Report: Military Brass Twisted Reports about US Fight Against ISIS

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Gen. Lloyd Austin III (Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images)

Wednesday, 16 Sep 2015 11:04 AM

The Pentagon's inspector general is examining claims that senior military officers manipulated conclusions about progress against the Islamic State (ISIS), The New York Times reports.

The revisions presented "a more positive picture to the White House, Congress and other intelligence agencies," the newspaper said.

According to the allegations, the United States Central Command's intelligence brass changed conclusions about topics, "including the readiness of Iraqi security forces and the success of the bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria," The Times said.

The probe was launched after a group of intelligence analysts gave investigators documents they say prove their allegations. If proven, it would mean lawmakers on Capitol Hill were receiving a skewed picture of the campaign against ISIS.

"The investigation will address whether there was any falsification, distortion, delay, suppression or improper modification of intelligence information," Bridget Serchak, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon's inspector general, told The Times.

The newspaper said the scandal is likely to be raised Wednesday when Gen. Lloyd Austin III, commander of Central Command, testifies before a Senate panel about the fight against ISIS.

Last Friday, The Times reports, Pentagon investigators spoke to members of Congress concerned about the allegations.

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