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Inexperienced Beret’s murder raises questions on U.S. forces in Mali

WASHINGTON — After weeks of revelations about U.S. navy operations within the African nation of Niger, one other operation is coming to gentle within the neighboring nation of Mali. One other American soldier is useless, solely this time it is a murder, CBS Information nationwide safety correspondent David Martin reviews.

Military Inexperienced Beret Employees Sgt. Logan Melgar, 34, died final June in a home he shared with the 2 Navy SEALs within the capital of Mali. An post-mortem dominated his dying a murder, reportedly by asphyxiation. 

A regulation enforcement supply mentioned the 2 Navy SEALs had been concerned in an argument with him and at the moment are beneath investigation by the Naval Prison Investigative Service.

After the incident, the 2 unidentified SEALs have been flown out of Mali and positioned on administrative depart, The New York Instances reported. Melgar and several other different Particular Operations forces have been assigned to the West African nation to assist with coaching and counterterrorism missions, the newspaper provides.

Neither the Pentagon nor the U.S. Africa Command introduced Melgar’s dying, apparently as a result of it could reveal the presence of particular operations forces in Mali. Melgar was a member of the identical particular forces group because the 4 People who have been killed whereas on patrol within the neighboring nation of Niger earlier this month.  

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters who ambushed and killed the 4 troopers have been based mostly in Mali and escaped again throughout the border.

A Texas native, Melgar was honored at his highschool’s homecoming soccer recreation earlier this month.

The Pentagon remains to be struggling to clarify the sequence of occasions which led to the deaths of the 4 troopers in Niger.

Now it should clarify the dying of Melgar, in addition to what American particular operations forces are doing in Mali.

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