Fellow SEALs say chief shot girl and old man in Iraq

Mail Online | 6/18/2017 | Associated Press;Leah Mcdonald For Dailymail.com
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Two Navy SEALs testified Friday that their platoon chief gunned down a young girl and an old man in Iraq in 2017 from his sniper's perch, though neither witnessed him pulling the trigger.

The SEALs said shots came from the tower where Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was posted and they watched through their scopes as the civilians fell to the ground.

Dalton - Tolbert - Sniper - Tower - Mosul

Dalton Tolbert said he and another sniper were in a neighboring tower in Mosul on June 18, 2017, and had fired warnings shots to scatter civilians by the Tigris River because the Islamic State was operating in the area.

An old man in a white tunic began running and then Tolbert heard a third shot come from the neighboring tower where Gallagher was positioned and saw the man fall.

Radio - Gallagher - Guys

Over the radio, he heard Gallagher say: 'You guys missed him, but I got him.'

Gallagher, 40, has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder for allegedly shooting civilians.

Murder - Charge - Stabbing - Islamic - State

He also faces a murder charge in the alleged stabbing of a wounded captive Islamic State fighter.

The defense said the testimony was unreliable because no witness reported seeing Gallagher pull the trigger.

Attorney - Tim - Parlatore - SEALs - Campaign

Attorney Tim Parlatore accused the SEALs of organizing a smear campaign through a group text that pressured fellow SEALs to coordinate their stories and get Gallagher ousted permanently.

Tolbert was so upset that when he returned from deployment, he texted members of SEAL Team 7 to say he wanted people to speak up about Gallagher's behavior.

Shot - Shots - Civilians - Eddie - ISIS

'I shot more warning shots to save civilians from Eddie than I ever did at ISIS. I see an issue with that,' Tolbert texted others.

Another witness, Joshua Vriens, said on another day that he saw Gallagher shoot at a group of adolescent girls in floral hijabs, hitting one in the stomach and sending two scattering. However he didn't see Gallagher...
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