SEALs in trou­ble

The Washington Times Weekly - - National Security -

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

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