More than a year has passed since the death of U.S. Green Beret Logan Melgar in Bamako, Mali. Investigators now believe they have men of interest – two Navy SEALS and two Marine Raiders. The four face charges that include felony murder in the strangulation death of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar.
Melgar’s death was more than a tragic ending to a noble life of service – it brought to light a UN mission intended for peacekeeping but eventually taking sides in Mali’s insurgent war.
The UN mission – MINUSMA – had been escalating peacekeeping duties to active operations and finally to “proactive and robust” intervention – language that seemed to encourage more offensive operations.