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Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher will NOT be prosecuted after he admitted he MEANT to kill ISIS detainee

In a statement to DailyMail.com, Navy officials said they would not prosecute Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher for comments he made saying he intended to kill an ISIS prisoner in 2017

The military will not prosecute Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher after he admitted he meant to kill an ISIS detainee, despite being acquitted of war crimes in 2017, when he posed with an Islamic terrorist’s corpse. 

In a statement to DailyMail.com, Cmdr. Courtney Hillson, assistant chief of information for the United States Navy, said: ‘The Navy reviewed the matter and will not pursue further action.’

Meanwhile, Gallagher, who has written a book about his experience that he says will tell the whole truth of the situation, told Sean Hannity on Monday that he’s been ‘demonized’ for just doing his job.   

Gallagher, a former special warfare operator chief for the Navy SEALs, was acquitted of war crimes charges in 2017, when he was facing charges of shooting unarmed civilians and murdering a 17-year-old ISIS prisoner, whom he posed next to in a photo. 

But in 2019, he was once again facing those charges, as prosecutors claimed he stabbed the teenage prisoner to death. 

He was found not guilty, and the teenager’s cause of death was officially ruled a ‘Hellfire missile.’ 

But in an interview with ‘The Line‘ podcast earlier this year, he admitted the SEALs meant to kill the teenager.

‘The grain of truth in the whole thing is that that ISIS fighter was killed by us and that nobody at that time had a problem with it,’ he said.

‘We killed that guy. Our intention was to kill him. Everybody was on board… It was to do medical scenarios on him until he died.’ 

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Eddie Gallagher was a special warfare operator chief for the Navy SEALs

Eddie Gallagher was a special warfare operator chief for the Navy SEALs

Gallagher faced war crimes charges for allegedly murdering a 17-year-old ISIS fighter in 2017, but was ultimately acquitted of those charges and the boy's cause of death was officially ruled a 'Hellfire missile'

Gallagher faced war crimes charges for allegedly murdering a 17-year-old ISIS fighter in 2017, but was ultimately acquitted of those charges and the boy’s cause of death was officially ruled a ‘Hellfire missile’

Gallagher was acquitted by a military jury in 2019 of stabbing the ISIS fighter to death but was convicted of unlawfully posing for photos with his dead body. 

On Tuesday, the Navy confirmed that it wouldn’t prosecute him. 

‘After a review conducted by the Navy, it was determined that Gallagher’s statements were not corroborated and no substantive information was found to merit an investigation based on those statements.’   

He’s now telling what he says is is side of the story in a new book, ‘The Man in the Arena.’ He appeared on Hannity’s show on Monday to discuss the book, which includes QR codes to courtroom audio and files in an effort to let readers judge the situation for themselves.

‘The reason we wrote the book is to get the truth out there about what happened and what took place during that whole two-year ordeal,’ Gallagher told Hannity Monday night. ‘The media decided to portray me in one way – made me look like a psychopath, a warmonger for actually wanting to do my job.’

He added that the media ‘demonized all my friends and brothers that have fought over the past 20 years.’

‘So I wanted to get the truth out there and just show the public that these people cobbled together a case out of a bunch of white lies, which then escalated to even bigger lies so the prosecutors could try to get a win, which 50 percent of that was not reported by the media.’

His wife, Andrea, added that they felt they needed to do more to address the claims that he killed the terrorist. ‘Now we’re telling that side of the story,’ she said. 

Gallagher and his wife, Andrea, appeared on Sean Hannity's show Monday night to promote his new book detailing his side of the case

Gallagher and his wife, Andrea, appeared on Sean Hannity’s show Monday night to promote his new book detailing his side of the case

The book includes QR-codes to courtroom audio and files in an effort to get readers to determine what happened for themselves

The book includes QR-codes to courtroom audio and files in an effort to get readers to determine what happened for themselves

Gallagher’s trial drew widespread controversy at the time after then-President Trump repeatedly intervened on his behalf and had him released from pretrial detention.  

Gallagher, who was the platoon chief during the Iraq deployment, has always claimed the war crimes charges brought against him were made up by six platoon members who wanted to force him out.

In the podcast interview, Gallagher continued to deny that he stabbed the fighter.  

He claimed, instead, that the SEALs did not treat the fighter for his injuries and jointly decided to practice medical procedures on him until he died. 

‘I didn’t stab him. I didn’t stab that dude,’ Gallagher said. ‘That dude died from all the medical treatments that were done – and there was plenty of medical treatments that were done to him.  

‘I mean, he was going to die, regardless. We weren’t taking any prisoners.’

It is not clear exactly what procedures were allegedly performed on the ISIS fighter, who died about 20 minutes after being brought to the US base. 

When he was asked why he cut the airway into the fighter’s throat to insert a breathing tube, Gallagher said in the podcast: ‘Just for practice. I was practicing to see how fast I could do one in.’  

Gallagher walked into military court with his wife Andrea in 2019, as he faced charges for shooting unarmed civilians in Iraq and killing a captured ISIS fighter with a knife

Gallagher walked into military court with his wife Andrea in 2019, as he faced charges for shooting unarmed civilians in Iraq and killing a captured ISIS fighter with a knife

His attorney Timothy Parlatore told military news outlet Task & Purpose that prosecutors and defense already knew that the SEALs had practiced medical procedures on the ISIS fighter before he was pronounced dead. 

He said prosecutors chose not to bring up the claims during his marital court trial so he did not address them.  

‘When the terrorist came in, they did the initial assessment and they knew that he was going to die,’ Parlatore said. 

‘There was no way that he was surviving this thing. And, exactly what he said there: They decided – ok, he’s going to die anyway, let’s use this as an opportunity for training. We’ll just do procedures on him.’ 

Parlatore argued that none of the procedures carried out on the fighter sped up his death. 

Gallagher’s attorney said none of his clients recent comments made on the podcast changed his defense. 

‘They all knew that this is how the guy died and they made up a story after the fact,’ Parlatore said. 

‘Everything that I said at the trial is absolutely true.

‘The prosecutors chose not to make this argument at the trial because, quite frankly, it was inconsistent with their theory of the case. So they didn’t want to make these arguments at the time. And I didn’t need to make them at the time because it didn’t matter.’ 

Gallagher has always maintained that the charges brought against him were made up by six members of his platoon who wanted to force him out

Gallagher has always maintained that the charges brought against him were made up by six members of his platoon who wanted to force him out

In the podcast interview, Gallagher continued to deny that he stabbed the fighter. He claimed, instead, that the SEALs did not treat the fighter for his injuries and jointly decided to practice medical procedures on him until he died

In the podcast interview, Gallagher continued to deny that he stabbed the fighter. He claimed, instead, that the SEALs did not treat the fighter for his injuries and jointly decided to practice medical procedures on him until he died 

Court records obtained by the Navy Times have previously indicated that the fighter’s body was covered in medical devices, including a trachea tube and two tubes in his chest, when he died.

The knowledge that the fighter was used for medical training was detailed as part of a defense motion filed back in 2019. 

‘At the time that the ISIS fighter was brought to the compound, he was at or near death and, although SOC Gallagher initially attempted to save his life, these efforts quickly proved to be fruitless,’ the motion read.

‘Once it was clear that the ISIS fighter was beyond saving, the platoon’s medic… took over and began using the newly dead or nearly dead ISIS fighter as a training aid to practice performing medical procedures.’ 

The court records and defense motion did not detail how much, if any, pain medication was given to the fighter while the medical training was carried out. 

In unseen videos that emerged after his trial, Gallagher’s platoon SEALs chillingly described him as ‘freaking evil’, ‘toxic’ and trigger-happy. 

The SEALs were interviewed by naval criminal investigators before Gallagher was charged in September 2018 and the later acquitted.  

In addition to the video interviews, combat footage and text message exchanges between the SEALs were also released.

They were all part of the investigative files used in Gallagher’s 2019 court martial trial, which is essentially a military version of a civil trial. 

The trial attracted the attention of former President Donald Trump, who issued an executive fiat calling for Gallagher's rank to be reinstated. The former president is seen here with First Lady Melania talking to the Gallaghers at Mar A Lago

The trial attracted the attention of former President Donald Trump, who issued an executive fiat calling for Gallagher’s rank to be reinstated. The former president is seen here with First Lady Melania talking to the Gallaghers at Mar A Lago

Gallagher’s trial drew widespread controversy at the time after then-President Trump repeatedly intervened on his behalf and had him released from pretrial detention. 

Gallagher was demoted following the trial but was later allowed to keep his Trident Pin and retire a SEAL following Trump’s intervention.  

Trump took an interest in the case after Bernard Kerick, a former business partner to Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, became an advocate for the family and made appearances in conservative media.

He tweeted in support of Gallagher, praising his service to the country and saying the case was ‘handled very badly from the beginning’.

Shortly after the trial, Trump got involved again by ordering the Navy to withdraw commendations that prosecutors received for their work.

Trump then directed the Navy to restore Gallagher to his previous rank.

The then-President gave the direct order to allow Gallagher to retire without losing his SEAL status. 

Trump tweeted: ‘Eddie will retire peacefully with all of the honors that he has earned.’ 

‘There are no words to adequately express how grateful my family and I are to our president, Donald J. Trump, for his intervention and decision,’ Gallagher said in a statement following the former president’s reversal. 

‘We would also like to thank the American people for their unwavering support during this very difficult time for my family and I – we can never thank you enough.’  


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