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Navy SEALs Under Suspicion in Green Beret's Death

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Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar (U.S. Army)

By    |   Monday, 30 October 2017 11:52 AM

Two Navy SEALS are under suspicion for the strangling of an Army Green Beret while on a secret assignment in Mali earlier this year, The New York Times reported.

The incident took place on June 4 when 34-year-old Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar was found dead in the embassy housing he shared with other Special Operations forces in the Malian capital, Bamako.

According to the Times, foul play was suspected and an investigating officer was dispatched to the scene.

The case was then handed to agents from the Army's Criminal Investigation Command, who reportedly spent several weeks conducting investigations before passing it to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service last month.

A medical examiner has since ruled that Melgar's death occurred from asphyxiation and two U.S. military officials familiar with the case told The Washington Post that the death is now considered a homicide.

Authorities have been reluctant to comment on the matter but a spokesman for Army Special Operations Command, Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt, said per the Washington Post that the incident was under investigation.

The New York Times noted that, although no one has formally been charged for Melgar's death, two unidentified Navy SEALS were flown out of Mali shortly after the incident and put on administrative leave.

It has been alleged that the two SEALs have been bumped up from "witnesses" to "persons of interest" as investigations continue.

This news comes on the back of a recent attack that saw four Special Forces soldiers killed in an attack by local militants in Africa, Military.com noted.

In a separate incident, questions have been raised around the recent ambush of 12 members of a U.S. special operations task force in Niger.

Claims that the Green Berets had been reassigned from an advise-and-assist mission to take out the terrorist leader of the ISIS associated village has prompted further inquiries.

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