Posted on 05.12.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in World with 0 Comments
To his accusers, he is a war criminal with a monstrous disregard for human life who was protected by a misguided warrior culture of loyalty at all costs.
To his supporters, the court martial of Special Operations chief Edward Gallagher, a platoon commander, next month is primed to become a watershed moment for the most elite commando force in the US military.
Gallagher, 39, has been charged by the navy with murder, attempted murder and almost a dozen other offences, including obstruction of justice and bringing “discredit upon the armed forces”
According to SEAL who served under him in Iraq in 2017 he casually stabbed a captive teenager to death with a customized hunting knife and then arranged a group photograph by the corpse. He shot an unarmed old man and a girl from his sniper’s nest and routinely unleashed rocket and heavy machine gun fire on neighborhoods without caused.
The seven commandos who first reported that they had seen him carry out such crimes were warned by their superiors not to pursue the matter, according to a confidential navy criminal investigation.
Gallagher, known as “Blade”, is a veteran of five SEAL deployment many times and has been decorated many times for bravery and leadership under fire.