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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Panel weighs fate of SEAL accused of war crimes | Navy Times

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A Navy SEAL murdered a wounded war prisoner in Iraq in 2017 and the proof is his own words, his own photos and the testimony of his fellow troops, a military prosecutor told a jury Monday.

Defense attorneys called it a “mutiny” by entitled, junior SEALs trying to oust a demanding chief.

The case of the highly decorated Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher is now in the hands of a jury of five Marines and two sailors, including a SEAL, many of whom had been in heavy combat in Iraq.

Both sides told jurors that witnesses had lied on the stand and it was their duty to push through the evidence to find the truth. The panel will weigh whether Gallagher, a 19-year veteran on his eighth deployment, went off the rails and fatally stabbed the war prisoner on May 3, 2017, as a kind of trophy kill, or was the victim of allegations fabricated after the platoon returned to San Diego to stop him from getting a Silver Star and being advanced.

 

Source: Panel weighs fate of SEAL accused of war crimes | Navy Times

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