American media outlets report conflicting stories about the death of a U.S. Army Green Beret in Mali believed to have been killed by U.S. Navy SEALS also assigned to a counterterrorism mission, and who shared the same embassy housing.
Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, a 34-year-old from the state of Texas, died in Bamako on June 4. Army investigators found that one of the SEALS, an elite Special Forces group supporting French and Malian troops, put Melgar into a chokehold about 5 a.m. that morning. He stopped breathing; his American roommates tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead after being rushed to a nearby French clinic.
Those details aren’t in dispute, but what caused the incident still is, including the possibility that the SEALS were stealing money from a fund to pay local informants.