Report details depravity of SEALs’ accuser
Good news is that all 3 Navy SEALs accused of assaulting a captured terrorist by alledgedly slapping him in the face, have all been exonerated. And the US court-martialed these brave SEALs for a terrorist murderer? Crazy but true…
The just-concluded military trials of three exonerated Navy SEALs showed the terrorism suspect at the center of the case to be one of the most dangerous men in Iraq.
Ahmed Hashim Abed initially was described as the insurgent who planned the killings of four Blackwater security guards in Fallujah in 2004, with two of their charred bodies infamously hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River.
But the three SEALs who captured Abed — and were court-martialed afterward — nabbed a far more notorious figure, according to trial testimony and an intelligence report.
Abed is thought to have committed a series of killings, including beheadings, in western Anbar province as a leading al Qaeda operative. He remains in an Iraqi prison awaiting trial in that country’s criminal court system.
A SEAL team captured Abed in Iraq in September. The team’s post-capture report, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Times, said Abed had in his possession a loaded pistol, nearly $6,000 in U.S. cash, five identification cards and one passport.
The report also said he was responsible for recruiting insurgents, trafficking weapons and staging ambushes and attacks with improvised explosive devices.
Abed’s status as a most-wanted killer is one reason many Americans rallied around the three SEALs, who were accused of hitting him after capture. They celebrated after the last defendant, Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe, was found not guilty Thursday of assaulting Abed by a seven-member military jury in Norfolk, Va.
“As they say, SEALs 3 — Terrorist 0,” said a posting on the Facebook page Support the Navy SEALs who Captured Ahmed Hashim Abed, which boasts more than 123,000 members.
Neal Puckett, Petty Officer McCabe’s lead civilian attorney, summoned several senior military officers to the witness stand to tell the jury why the SEALs set out that September night to capture Abed on an Iraqi judge’s warrant.