SEALs in trouble
The purported planner of the 2004 Fallujah killings of four Blackwater security guards has been ordered held by an Iraqi judge, special correspondent Rowan Scarborough reports.
The Navy is prosecuting three SEAL special-operations commandos on allegations of punching detainee Ahmed Hashim Abed or lying about the incident when talking to investigators.
The military had steadfastly refused to officially release the detainee’s name to the news media. A spokeswoman for the specialoperations unit of U.S. Central Command, which brought the charges, repeatedly declined to identify the detainee.
When the Navy two weeks ago finally released the official documents listing the charges, it blacked out Abed’s name.
However, in response to a query from Inside the Ring, Brig. Gen. Stephen Lanza, the top U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, confirmed that Abed is in U.S. custody in Iraq “pursuant to an Iraqi judge’s judicial order.”
Gen. Lanza would not say whether Abed, who could be a key witness at the SEALs’ courtsmartial, has been, or will be, charged. “All other questions