Dont Edit-Navy SEAL Charged For Stabbing ISIS Fighter to Death & Taking Photo with Body
The ongoing investigation into war crimes allegedly committed in Iraq in 2017 has turned up another suspect. This time around it is Lt. Jacob “Jake” Portier, a Navy SEAL officer accused of covering up the unauthorized killing of an ISIS fighter in detention. The stabbing execution was allegedly carried out by Special Operations Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher, an enlisted SEAL leader.
The killing was reported to have allegedly taken place in Mosul, an Iraqi city last year. Portier did not personally witness the killing, but Navy authorities accuse him of failure to do the right thing when he learned of the incident.
Senior Commissioned and Enlisted Officers May Also Be Facing Probes over Iraq
According to his charge sheet, Gallagher was accused of stabbing a caught ISIS fighter placed in detention until he died. Naval Criminal Investigative Service prosecutors said 39-year-old Navy SEAL posed for a photo with the slain body and even operated an aerial drone for the photo. The officer is equally accused of several other aggravated assaults for which he is he will soon be tried.
Gallagher was arrested on September 11 and currently detained at the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar in San Diego. He was alleged of killing the Islamic State fighter on May 3, 2017, and then shooting a male civilian on June 18, 2017 and yet gunning down another a female civilian later in July 2017. Unfortunately enough, SEAL leaders did nothing to either attend to the wounded or report Gallagher to higher authorities.
To underscore the seriousness of the matter, Gallagher is not the only officer being probed over the war crimes committed by Navy SEALs in Iraq last year. Some digging revealed that up to 20 SEALs sent between last year and early this year to Iraq are being investigated. This includes senior commissioned and enlisted officers who dealt with war crime accusations within the Naval Special Warfare Group 1.
Naval Special Warfare command spokeswoman Commander Tamara Lawrence would not answer specific queries on the investigation, citing the need “to preserve its integrity.” NCIS would not also comment on the issue, saying it is better to remain silent until all investigations are concluded.
Gallagher’s Killing Case Is Compounded by Possession of Controlled Substances
Jeremiah J. Sullivan III, Portier’s civilian defense attorney there is no reason for the authorities to prosecute his client over Gallagher’s misdemaneurs. “Lt. Portier’s combat service to our country warrants a medal, not a charge sheet,” he said. And furthermore, Portier has not been charged with obstructing justice where Gallagher is concerned, while Gallagher himself faces three charges of obstructing justice over his sordid activities in Iraq.
To make matters dim for Gallagher, he is charged with abusing unlawful drugs while in active combat in Iraq. These controlled substances include Tramadol Hydrochloride and Sustanon-250, which were detected when NCIS officials searched his house.
“Unauthorized drug possession and/or use is prohibited for all service members, and all sailors must comply with the Navy’s drug policy,” Lawrence responded. “Naval Special Warfare holds its service members to the highest standards of personal and professional conduct and abides by the Navy drug testing system and associated disciplinary and administrative processes.”
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