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Report: Navy SEALs Strangled Green Beret To Death In Mali Over Stolen Cash
When the body of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, a Green Beret with the Army’s 3rd Special Forces Group, was discovered in the diplomatic housing he shared with several other special operations forces in the Malian capital of Bamako, military officials with U.S. Africa Command immediately suspected foul play. But according to an explosive new report published Sunday night, the truth may be far more complicated than the Department of Defense first suspected.
The Daily Beast reports, citing several members of the U.S. special operations community, that Melgar was killed by two members of SEAL Team Six after he discovered that the two SEALs were skimming cash off the top of the fund the elite special operators used to cultivate intelligence sources and pay off informants as part of the DoD’s broader counterterrorism mission in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin region.
According to The Daily Beast, Melgar declined when offered a cut by the two SEALs, and that’s when things got out of control: Following an altercation between the three men on the morning of June 4, the Green Beret lost consciousness and stopped breathing. It’s certainly possible that Melgar’s death was an accident of sorts. AFRICOM officials told The Daily Beast that the two SEALs “attempted to open an airway in Melgar’s throat” after he lost consciousness before “[driving] to a nearby French clinic seeking help.” Melgar was pronounced dead by asphyxiation later that morning.
The investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death remained secret until Oct. 29, when the New York Times reported that NCIS took on the probe from AFRICOM on Sept. 25.
While Melgar’s death could have been accidental, the subsequent SEAL cover-up detailed by The Daily Beast was clearly deliberate. The two SEALs claimed Melgar was intoxicated during some impromptu sparring sessions in the Bamako compound, where Petty Officer Anthony E. DeDolph (a mixed martial arts pro, according to The Intercept) placed Melgar in a chokehold. After Melgar’s death, the SEALS then filed “at least one operational report about the incident and possibly two ... [in which] at least one of the reports included an account that Melgar was drunk.”
AFRICOM did not immediately announce Melgar’s death following the discovery of his body in Bamako, despite commands’ habit of announcing combat and noncombat deaths: According to The Daily Beast, then-U.S. Special Operations Command-Africa chief Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc was “skeptical of the initial reports from the outset.” Bolduc’s instincts were right. Melgar’s subsequent autopsy report revealed that the Green Beret’s system was clear of drugs or alcohol on the night of his death.
Several military officials told Task & Purpose that a medical examiner changed Melgar’s cause of death from accidental to “homicide by asphyxiation” months later, turning the two SEALs, placed on administrative leave as witnesses to Melgar’s death, into suspects.
“It looks like a sloppy attempt to sweep this under the rug,” one SOCOM official, who asked to remain anonymous due to the ongoing investigation surrounding Melgar’s death, told Task & Purpose. “I don’t know what they were thinking, but even if it was an accident, it makes his death look like anything but.”
An Air Force civilian has died at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar in a "non-combat related incident," U.S. Air Forces Central Command announced on Friday.
Jason P. Zaki, 32, died on Wednesday while deployed to the 609th Air Operations Center from the Pentagon, an AFCENT news release says.
At a time when taxpayer and foreign-government spending at Trump Organization properties is fueling political battles, a U.S. Marine Corps reserve unit stationed in South Florida hopes to hold an annual ball at a venue that could profit the commander in chief.
The unit is planning a gala to celebrate the 244th anniversary of the Marines' founding at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach on Nov. 16, according to a posting on the events website Evensi.
QUANTICO, Virginia -- They may not be deadly, but some of the nonlethal weapons the Marine Corps is working on look pretty devastating.
The Marine Corps Joint Nonlethal Weapons Directorate is currently testing an 81mm mortar round that delivers a shower of flashbang grenades to disperse troublemakers. There is also an electric vehicle-stopper that delivers an electrical pulse to shut down a vehicle's powertrain, designed for use at access control points.
"When you hear nonlethal, you are thinking rubber bullets and batons and tear gas; it's way more than that," Marine Col. Wendell Leimbach Jr., director of the Joint Nonlethal Weapons Directorate, told an audience at the Modern Day Marine 2019 expo.
RACHEL, Nev. (Reuters) - UFO enthusiasts began descending on rural Nevada on Thursday near the secret U.S. military installation known as Area 51, long rumored to house government secrets about alien life, with local authorities hoping the visitors were coming in peace.
Some residents of Rachel, a remote desert town of 50 people a short distance from the military base, worried their community might be overwhelmed by unruly crowds turning out in response to a recent, viral social-media invitation to "storm" Area 51. The town, about 150 miles (240 km) north of Las Vegas, lacks a grocery store or even a gasoline station.
Dozens of visitors began arriving outside Rachel's only business - an extraterrestrial-themed motel and restaurant called the Little A'Le'Inn - parking themselves in cars, tents and campers. A fire truck was stationed nearby.
Alien enthusiasts descend on the Nevada desert to 'storm' Area 51
Attendees arrive at the Little A'Le'Inn as an influx of tourists responding to a call to 'storm' Area 51, a secretive U.S. military base believed by UFO enthusiasts to hold government secrets about extra-terrestrials, is expected Rachel, Nevada, U.S. September 19, 2019
One couple, Nicholas Bohen and Cayla McVey, both sporting UFO tattoos, traveled to Rachel from the Los Angeles suburb of Fullerton with enough food to last for a week of car-camping.
"It's evolved into a peaceful gathering, a sharing of life stories," McVey told Reuters, sizing up the crowd. "I think you are going to get a group of people that are prepared, respectful and they know what they getting themselves into."