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Decorated soldier dies in combat operations in Afghanistan

Jul. 14, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A decorated Special Forces company sergeant major has died during combat in Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said Sunday. James G. "Ryan" Sartor, 40, was killed Saturday during combat operations in Faryab Province, according to Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, spokesman for the U.S. Army...

War crimes court-martial ends with Navy SEAL walking free

Jul. 4, 2019 1:20 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — One of the U.S. military's most significant war crimes cases ended with a decorated Navy SEAL walking out of court a free man after acknowledging moral and ethical mistakes, including posing in photographs with the body of an Islamic State captive he was cleared of killing. Special...

Jury sentences Navy SEAL for posing with Iraq war casualty

Jul. 3, 2019 9:33 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A decorated Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive in Iraq but convicted over posing with the corpse was given a demotion by a military jury Wednesday after the Bronze Star recipient acknowledged making ethical and moral mistakes. Special Operations...

Jury to decide SEAL's punishment for posing with corpse

Jul. 3, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The same military jurors who acquitted a decorated Navy SEAL of murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017 will return to court Wednesday to decide whether he should serve any jail time for the single charge he was convicted of: posing with the...

Prosecutor tells jury to use SEAL's own words to convict him

Jul. 1, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy SEAL murdered a wounded war prisoner in Iraq in 2017 and the proof is his own words, his own photos and the testimony of his fellow troops, a military prosecutor told a jury Monday, while defense lawyers called it a "mutiny" by entitled, junior SEALs trying to oust a demanding...

The Latest: Prosecutor: killing shown in Navy SEAL's words

Jul. 1, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the court-martial of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with murder and attempted murder (all times local): 1:25 p.m. A military prosecutor says a Navy SEAL committed murder, and the proof is in his own words, his own photos and the testimony of his fellow troops. Cmdr. Jeff...

Navy SEAL trial exposes divide in normally secretive force

Jun. 30, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — It was called the "The Sewing Circle," an unlikely name for a secret subsect of Navy SEALs. Its purpose was even more improbable: A chat forum to discuss alleged war crimes they said their chief, a decorated sniper and medic, committed on a recent tour of duty in Iraq. The WhatsApp group...

Marine testifies Navy SEAL did not stab Iraq captive

Jun. 28, 2019 1:54 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Marine who worked jointly in Iraq with a decorated Navy SEAL accused of murder testified Thursday that the platoon chief did not stab a wounded teenage Islamic State prisoner as alleged by other platoon members. Marine Staff Sgt. Giorgio Kirylo said he watched as Special Operations Chief...

Witness could face perjury charge in Navy SEAL court-martial

Jun. 26, 2019 11:23 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A witness who dropped stunning testimony at the war crimes trial of a decorated Navy SEAL by telling the court he had killed an Islamic State captive in Iraq in 2017 — not his accused platoon chief — could now face charges of perjury, according to the Navy. The Navy's legal...

The Latest: Witness could face perjury in Navy SEAL trial

Jun. 26, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing an Islamic State prisoner in his care (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Officials have informed a Navy SEAL witness that he could face a perjury charge after he testified that he — and not Special Operations Chief...