U.S. Air Force Photo / Staff Sgt. Corban Lundborg.
In the latest blow to the Naval special warfare community, a SEAL has been taken into custody after reportedly being accused of killing a detainee in Iraq, a Navy official confirmed on Thursday.
Navy Times first reported on Thursday that the SEAL is under investigation for allegedly killing the detainee with a knife in 2017. The newspaper declined to publish “graphic details of the prisoner of war’s alleged execution,” which it learned from seven unnamed officials.
Navy officials are keeping tight-lipped about the case. A spokeswoman for Naval Special Warfare Command confirmed to Task & Purpose that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating a member of a special warfare unit for “professional misconduct while deployed to Iraq in 2017,” but she declined to say what exactly the sailor is accused of doing. The sailor is currently being held in pretrial confinement at the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar, California.
“In order to maintain the integrity of the investigation in this matter no further information will be provided at this time,” Cmdr. Tamara Lawrence told T&P; in an email.
Lawrence stressed that all special warfare sailors are required to abide by the body of internationally recognized laws that govern armed conflict. “We take all allegations of misconduct seriously and will cooperate fully with investigative authorities,” she said.
“Naval Special Warfare strives to maintain the highest level of readiness, effectiveness, discipline, efficiency, integrity, and public confidence,” Lawrence said on Thursday. “All suspected violations for which there is credible information are thoroughly investigated.”
Islamic state members walk in the last besieged neighborhood in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria February 18, 2019. (Reuters/Rodi Said)
NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - The Islamic State appeared closer to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, as a civilian convoy left the besieged area where U.S.-backed forces estimate a few hundred jihadists are still holed up.
Russian President Vladimir Putin fires a fortress cannon. (Associated Press/Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin)
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday that Russia will target the U.S. with new weapons should Washington decide to deploy intermediate-range ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to Europe following the recent death of a Cold War-era arms control agreement, according to multiple reports.
He threatened to target not only the host countries where U.S. missiles might be stationed but also decision-making centers in the U.S.
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing walk to waiting family members and friends after stepping off of a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 17, 2018 (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)
The U.S. Air Force has issued new guidelines for active-duty, reserve and National Guard airmen who are considered non-deployable, and officials will immediately begin flagging those who have been unable to deploy for 12 consecutive months for separation consideration.