NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO -- Navy Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher faced an Article 32 hearing in San Diego on Wednesday over allegations he used a knife to execute a wounded ISIS fighter in the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2017.
Gallagher was arrested on Sep. 11 and is being held in the Miramar Brig. In October, a second Navy SEAL was arrested and charged over the alleged execution.
Task & Purpose obtained a copy of Gallagher's charge sheet, the details of which were previously reported by Navy Times. This is the first full look at the document made public since Gallagher's arrest.
The charge sheet — which includes allegations of firing on civilians, obstruction of justice, and possession of controlled substances — was among six exhibits introduced by the government during the Article 32 hearing. Two other exhibits are not being made public due to their sensitive nature, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors introduced evidence that included photos and text messages allegedly showing Gallagher posing next to the ISIS fighter's body with the knife he allegedly used to carry out the execution.
The alleged execution occurred after the Iraqi Army wounded the fighter during an air strike, the government claimed. The captive fighter was turned over to SEAL Team 7, which was providing medical assistance to the prisoner at the time the incident took place.
After the execution, prosecutors claim that Gallagher not only "wrongfully posed" with the fighter's body, but allegedly conducted a reenlistment ceremony next to the corpse.
Prosecutors also claimed that Gallagher fired on noncombatants "under circumstances such as to endanger human life" at least once during his deployment to Iraq from February or March until December of 2017.
As for the drug charges, prosecutors claim Gallagher wrongfully consumed the powerful opioid tramadol hydrochloride multiple times during his deployment, as well as Sustanon-250, a testosterone injection, while in San Diego in June 2018.
Gallagher also allegedly urged members of his SEAL platoon to refrain from discussing his actions in Iraq with investigators. The charges were based on testimony from nine witnesses from within Gallagher's platoon.
The first grenade core was accidentally discovered on Nov. 28, 2018, by Virginia Department of Historic Resources staff examining relics recovered from the Betsy, a British ship scuttled during the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. The grenade's iron jacket had dissolved, but its core of black powder remained potent. Within a month or so, more than two dozen were found. (Virginia Department of Historic Resources via The Virginian-Pilot)
In an uh-oh episode of historic proportions, hand grenades from the last major battle of the Revolutionary War recently and repeatedly scrambled bomb squads in Virginia's capital city.
Wait – they had hand grenades in the Revolutionary War? Indeed. Hollow iron balls, filled with black powder, outfitted with a fuse, then lit and thrown.
And more than two dozen have been sitting in cardboard boxes at the Department of Historic Resources, undetected for 30 years.
Jeremy Cuellar, left, and Kemia Hassel face life in prison if convicted of murdering Army Sgt. Tyrone Hassel III in Berrien County Dec. 31, 2018. (Courtesy of Berrien County Sheriff's Dept.)
BERRIEN COUNTY, MI -- The wife of an Army sergeant killed in December admitted that she planned his killing together with another man, communicating on Snapchat in an attempt to hide their communications, according to statements she made to police.
(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
At least four American veterans were among a group of eight men arrested by police in Haiti earlier this week for driving without license plates and possessing an arsenal of weaponry and tactical gear.
Police in Port-au-Prince arrested five Americans, two Serbians, and one Haitian man at a police checkpoint on Sunday, according to The Miami-Herald. The men told police they were on a "government mission" but did not specify for which government, according to The Herald.
They also told police that "their boss was going to call their boss," implying that someone high in Haiti's government would vouch for them and secure their release, Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR.
What they were actually doing or who they were potentially working for remains unclear. A State Department spokesperson told Task & Purpose they were aware that Haitian police arrested a "group of individuals, including some U.S. citizens," but declined to answer whether the men were employed by or operating under contract with the U.S. government.
A photo shared by Hoda Muthana on her now-closed @ZumarulJannaTwitter account. (Twitter/ZumarulJannah)
The State Department announced Wednesday that notorious ISIS bride Hoda Muthana, a U.S.-born woman who left Alabama to join ISIS but began begging to return to the U.S. after recently deserting the terror group, is not a U.S. citizen and will not be allowed to return home.