Navy SEAL on Trial: War Criminal or Patriot?

By Mark Perry

Somewhere on the outskirts of Mosul in northern Iraq, there’s a shallow grave holding the body of a young ISIS fighter. The unidentified teenager, thought to be 15 years old, died on May 3, 2017, while being treated for his wounds by U.S. combat medics working with SEAL Team 7’s Alpha Platoon, one of the U.S. Navy’s elite special warfare units. There is probably nothing remarkable about the grave. Undoubtedly it remains unmarked and unvisited—like the hundreds and possibly thousands that fill Mosul’s fields.

But about a year after the teenager’s death, agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) raided the Point Loma, California, home of Navy Special Operations Chief (“SOC”) Edward “Eddie” Gallagher. On September 11, Gallagher was arrested at Camp Pendleton for murder. In addition, he was cited for attempting to kill unarmed civilians, abusing controlled substances, and obstructing justice by threatening potential witnesses, even some of his own platoon members.

Gallagher’s arrest sent shockwaves through San Diego’s special warfare community, roiled the upper echelons of the U.S. Navy, spread its tentacles into the Pentagon, reached into the tightly knit network of families, friends, and supporters of Gallagher’s SEAL team platoon—and pitted those who had served with …read more

Source:: The American Conservative

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