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Report: U.S. Trained, Vetted and Supplied Honduran Unit Accused of Killing Teen

The Associated Press has revealed a unit of Honduran soldiers accused of killing a 15-year-old boy in May were trained, vetted and equipped by the U.S. government. Ebed Yanes was shot dead by soldiers who chased him when he drove through a military checkpoint on his father’s motorcycle. The Associated Press investigation details an alleged attempt by officers to cover up the killing. It turned out the truck used in the chase was supplied by the United States and the unit was vetted by the United States as free of corruption and human rights abuses. On Wednesday, a State Department official told the AP the United States may withhold as much as half of all aid to Honduras for this year out of concern over human rights violations.

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