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Navy SEAL Charged With War Crimes — Should He Be?

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Navy SEALS and Marines in Iraq (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)
Navy SEALS and Marines in Iraq (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

A Navy SEAL was charged with covering up war crimes by a fellow SEAL in Iraq. One SEAL has already been charged in the affair.

Although Lt. Jacob Portier was not at the scene of the alleged crime, the charge sheet against him says he helped cover up an alleged murder of a wounded ISIS fighter in Iraq in 2017 by fellow SEAL Edward Gallagher.

The Navy contends that Gallagher stabbed the ISIS fighter to death and then posed for a photo next to the body.

More than 12 SEALS who were deployed to Iraq between 2017 and 2018 are under investigations for war crimes as well as leaders in Naval Special Warfare Group 1 who were investigating the allegations.

Although we don’t know more facts in this case, the issues of war crimes, personal security and loyalty to one’s fellow service personnel can often tread on blurry lines.

Please take a moment and answer our poll below: Should American service personnel be prosecuted for war crimes committed overseas?

Should American service personnel be prosecuted for war crimes committed overseas?

 

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org