The SEAL test of the Navy exposes the division in the normally secret force

SAN DIEGO: It was called El Círculo de Sewing, an unlikely name for a secret subsection of Navy SEALs. Their purpose was even more improbable: in a chat forum to discuss alleged war crimes, they said that their leader, a sniper and convicted doctor, committed a recent tour of service in Iraq.

The group would lead to formal allegations that Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher stabbed a captive of the Islamic State injured in his care and shot civilians in Iraq in 2017. Gallagher, 40, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A jury composed primarily of combat marines will ultimately decide the fate of the 19-year veteran and Bronze Star recipient accused of murder, attempted murder and conduct detrimental to good order and discipline by posing with the corpse of the Photographs.

Regardless of the outcome, the court of justice has provided an exceptional insight into the Navy SEAL community and will likely have a long-term impact on one of the most secretive and revered army forces. It seems to me that the SEALs have seen themselves as a god on the battlefield, and there is a real danger in taking that opinion, said Gary Solis, a former military judge and prosecutor for the Marine Corps. The case has raised challenges among US special forces. US, since EE. UU It depends more and more on such troops. Several members of special forces are on trial this year. The scandals provoked a review by the main Navy commanders about the behavior of the special war teams.