Almost five months after a 34-year-old Army Green Beret was strangled to death in his embassy housing in the Malian capital of Bamako, military officials say investigators are looking into whether two members of the Navy's SEAL Team 6 are involved.
His superiors quickly suspected "foul play" in the death and agents from the Army's Criminal Investigation Command spent months investigating the case before handing over to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service last month, officials told the New York Times.
The Times, citing military officials, said a military examiner ruled Melgar's death while on assignment was homicide by strangulation and that two SEALs were flown out of Mali after the death and placed on administrative leave.
No one has been charged in Melgar's death.
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NCIS said it does not comment on ongoing investigations.
While the investigation continues into the ambush in Niger (that killed 4 us soldiers, 2 of them Green Berets), officials have also been probing the death of another Green Beret. He shared embassy housing in Mali's capitol, Bamako, with several other Special Ops forces.
Some Senate leaders expressed surprise about the extent of USA military operations, renewing the debate over the authority for the United States' sprawling war on terror.
U.S. forces have been deployed to the country to help with counterterrorism.