Navy SEAL Accused of War Crimes in Iraq Heading for Court-Martial

Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Gallagher (Image: LinkedIn)
Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Gallagher (Image: LinkedIn)

SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego-based Navy SEAL accused of committing war crimes during a 2017 deployment to Iraq is heading for court-martial, the Navy said Wednesday.

Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward R. Gallagher is scheduled to be arraigned in a San Diego military courtroom Friday, said Brian O'Rourke, a spokesman for Navy Region Southwest, the court-martial's convening authority.

Gallagher, who is a medic, is accused of killing a wounded an Islamic State combatant under his care and then re-enlisting while standing next to the man's corpse, a charge sheet provided to the San Diego Union-Tribune says. He is also charged with, on another occasion, shooting two civilians -- a man and a woman.

The Navy is also charging Gallagher with shooting at non-combatants -- civilians -- several times throughout the deployment to Mosul, Iraq, and with trying to obstruct the investigation after the unit returned to San Diego.

Charges that Gallagher used and possessed controlled substances were dropped.

Gallagher's platoon commander, Navy Lt. Jacob Xavier Portier, is also accused of having knowledge of Gallagher's actions and failing to follow through with a timely investigation, but the Navy has not yet said whether he would face court-martial.

Phillip Stackhouse, Gallagher's San Diego-based attorney, did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday morning.

This article is written by Andrew Dyer from The San Diego Union-Tribune and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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