Two of the SEAL Team 7 leaders who were fired after a platoon was sent home early from Iraq have accused the admiral in charge of Naval Special Warfare Command of making them "scapegoats" because he was under pressure to fix disciplinary issues within the SEAL community.

Cmdr. Edward Mason, former commanding officer of SEAL Team 7, and Command Master Chief Hugh Spangler were relieved of command on Sept. 6 along with the team's executive officer, Lt. Cmdr. Luke Im.

Rear Adm. Collin Green, who is in charge of all SEALs, had lost confidence in their ability to lead, "That resulted from leadership failures that caused a breakdown of good order and discipline within two subordinate units while deployed to combat zones," a Naval Special Warfare Command spokeswoman said at the time.

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President Donald Trump's nominee for the Navy's top officer wants to identify the "root causes" of the slew of misconduct that's roiled the Naval Special Warfare community in recent years despite a relatively recent Pentagon review that found "no gaps" in the ethics and professional training for U.S. special operations forces.

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U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Marcus Fichtl

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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.

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U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Lynn F. Andrews

Naval Special Warfare Command says it will evaluate its training procedures after a group of Navy SEALs and trainees were shot at by a man with a pellet gun late Monday evening.

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The Navy’s top lawyer, Vice Adm. James W. Crawford III, engaged in unlawful command influence two years ago, possibly sending an innocent Navy SEAL to prison, according to a special military court ruling handed down on Oct. 24.

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