At 18:56 | 26-11-2018
US military commander Lieutenant-Colonel Jacob Portier has been indicted for not taking action against Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, an American sniper currently under investigation for war crimes in Iraq in 2017, the US Middle East Monitor reported.
"Portier will face seven charges under the Uniform Military Jurisdiction Act, including a dereliction of duty, after being informed of the extrajudicial executions committed by Gallagher, but has not been reported," the website said in a report translated by Al-Ansar.
"Prosecutors have given testimony from Gallagher's colleagues that they described him as reckless and bloodthirsty," he said.
Gallagher, a veteran of seven previous operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, shot at crowds of civilians, shot an Iraqi girl on the riverbank and an elderly man with a water jug, and cut off the head of a civilian. A colleague wrote to him: "Cut off the opinion with my fishing knife."
"Each sniper in the platoon said that Gallagher was not a good sniper," said Joe Warpinski of the Marine Criminal Investigation Service of the Military Court.
"Some of the officers' comrades were so afraid of Gallagher that they even tried to mess with a sniper rifle to make it less accurate. They developed firecrackers in his gun store to be his warning shots so he would not have a chance to shoot them," he said.
Gallagher is expected to serve a life sentence to obstruct justice, murder, attempted murder, possession of drugs and nearly 12 other crimes. Ending / 62 a