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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Friday, April 16, 2021

Spec ops in trouble: Mired in scandal and under Pentagon review, what will it take to clean house? | Military times

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A SEAL and a former Green Beret are under indictment for alleged war crimes committed downrange. Two Marine Raiders and two SEALs are charged with the murder of a Green Beret while the group served in Mali in 2017. Elsewhere, operators have been investigated for, or convicted of, spousal murder, sexual assault, child rape, domestic battery and drug smuggling, or have taken their own lives.

And in the wake of the botched October 2017 Niger mission that killed four Army special operations soldiers, a two-star Air Force general, a Green Beret captain and his noncommissioned officer-in-charge face punishment. A 6,300-page investigation found that the team had been untrained and unrehearsed for the mission, and lacking proper oversight in its chain of command.

Source: Spec ops in trouble: Mired in scandal and under Pentagon review, what will it take to clean house? | Military times

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