Navy SEALs killed Green Beret over embezzlement scheme

Navy SEALs killed Green Beret over embezzlement scheme

Navy SEALs killed Green Beret over embezzlement scheme

Two Navy SEALs are being investigated on whether they strangled an Army Green Beret in June while they were in Mali on a secret assignment.

Melgar's killing marked the latest violent death under mysterious circumstances for US troops on little-known missions in that region of Africa. Skimming money from funds, which in Mali could be as much as $20,000 at any given time, is relatively easy because the service members are often dealing with sources who are illiterate and cannot sign their names to a receipt.

DeDolph initially told investigators that he and Melgar were wrestling at 4 a.m., and that Melgar was drunk, according to NBC News.

The country's elite fighting squads typically operate in the shadows, in far-flung countries, with little to no oversight, and despite the heroic image of the SEALs and other similar units purveyed by politicians and the media, there are strong suggestions their operations often have a dark side to them. The Americans helped provide intelligence for missions, and had participated in at least two such operations in Mali this year before Melgar's death.

The investigation was fist reported by the New York Times and has sent shock-waves through the special-op community.

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With the situation worsening by the day, the PNG government is demanding a solution while Australia is denying responsibility. The agency has urged both PNG and Australia to find a "humane approach" to end the " unconscionable human suffering ".

Melgar then passed out, and their efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Add this to the Beast's report about illicit cash discovery, and the probe into Melgar's death has grown even more tangled. Then, according to DeDolph and Matthews, the three fell onto Melgar's bed, with Matthews on top of Melgar.

While Melgar was honest and appears to have attempted to do the right thing, other cases may go virtually unaddressed simply because corrupt individuals are never caught. His identity was reported by The Intercept.

Melgar was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group, the same group that lost four soldiers when came under fire in Niger in October 4. However, the two SEALs at the center of the investigation were quickly flown out of Mali following the indicent and have been placed on administrative leave, according to The Daily Beast.

Melgar was eventually found dead in what seemed to be a strangulation.

Part of a small group providing intelligence about Islamic militancies in Mali, Melgar was housed with other elite USA troops - including the two under investigation for killing him, the New York Times reported. "Staff Sgt. Melgar did what most only dream of and excelled at every turn!"

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