Anonymous special ops troops have told The Daily Beast that slain Green Beret Sergeant Logan J. Melgar had spoken to his wife about "the bad feeling" he had about two US Navy SEALs, who are now under suspicion of his murder, although he didn't elaborate why he felt that way.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is probing the June 4 death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar and whether the elite sailors were responsible.
The SEALs at the center of the NCIS homicide investigation have not been identified or charged.
After confronting two Navy SEALs following the discovery of their alleged involvement in a money-making scheme, Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, 34, ended up dead in Mali by strangulation, according to a report from the Daily Beast. The two reportedly offered Melgar a cut, but he declined.
Part of a small group providing intelligence about Islamic militancies in Mali, Melgar was housed with other elite USA troops - including the two under investigation for killing him, the New York Times reported.
Melgar later turned up dead.
In a panic the SEALs attempted to open an airway in Melgar's throat, officials said.
However, the SEALs told superiors that Melgar was drunk during hand-to-hand fight exercises, the Daily Beast reported.
As the elite troops do in so many countries, they operate in the shadows, with comparatively little oversight - and what their actions actually look like on the ground can be much dirtier than the heroic image the Pentagon prefers to portray. They claimed that Melgar passed out in the process, and their efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. "I don't know what they were thinking, but even if it was an accident, it makes his death look like anything but".
An extensive investigation into the group's actions over the course of the War on Terror, published by The Intercept, revealed a rather different and troubling story, including "revenge ops", unjustified killings, and other atrocities.
While the team's internal policies stringently precluded the shooting of unarmed individuals, and demanded a clear posthumous demonstration such targets had displayed hostile intent. Both SEALs are not active persons of interest in the investigation.
In a development that has sent shockwaves through the special operations community, two members of the elite SEAL Team Six have since been accused of strangling their fellow USA serviceman.