Crooked Navy SEALs May Be Behind Murder Of Green Beret

Melgar who was a staff sergeant in the Army's Third Special Forces Group had been living in Bamako Mali for a few months at the time of his death. Part of the intelligence gathering operation included a fund used to pay informants which Melgar allege

Melgar, a staff sergeant in the Army's 3rd Special Forces Group, was specifically selected for an intelligence operation in the West African nation of Mali.

The Daily Beast attributes its finding to what it calls "five members of the special operations community not cleared to speak publicly".

The New York Times and Daily Beast, citing unnamed military sources, said that Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, who was part of a small us counterterrorism mission in the country when he was killed in June, may have discovered theft by the SEALs. Two unidentified Navy SEALs, who stayed in the same embassy housing as Melgar and other Special Ops forces, were officially placed under suspicion, but the circumstances surrounding Melgar's murder remained murky. According to special operations forces, Melgar allegedly found that the SEALs were stealing money from a fund that was meant to be used for informants.

Medical examiners ruled Melgar's death a homicide and said he died from asphyxiation.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) are still piecing together the chain of events that led to his death. The official said the transfer of jurisdiction indicated that Navy personnel were subjects of the investigation.

One of those Navy SEALs, Petty Officer Tony DeDolph, told a witness that he "choked [him] out" in the early hours of that fateful day, NBC News reported, citing the documents.

When he confronted them about it, the sources say the pair told Melgar they could get him a cut of the money in return for his silence.

How much time elapsed between Melgar's discovery of the scheme and his untimely death is unclear, but the official narrative suggests an altercation between the Green Beret and the SEAL team erupted June 4 at 5am, and quickly escalated. The SEALs and another Green Beret reportedly drove Melgar to a nearby French clinic following the attack. He served two deployments to Afghanistan.

Like neighboring Niger, Mali has faced significant, deadly extremism.

They told their superiors that the dispute stemmed from Melgar being drunk during "combatives" - hand-to-hand fighting exercises - and filed a posthumous operational report about the incident to that effect, which claimed Melgar was "grappling" with them when he ended up in a "chokehold".

He graduated from Texas Tech in 2006, and enlisted in the Army in 2012 as an off-the-street Special Forces recruit.

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