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Former Army commando charged with murder of suspected bomb-maker

US Green Beret Charged With Murder Of Man In Afghanistan Green Beret charged with murder after confessing to killing Afghan man in TV interview
Jeannette Daniel | 16 December, 2018, 03:29

US Army Green Beret Major Matthew Golsteyn allegedly shot someone he described as a suspected Taliban bomb-maker during his 2010 deployment.

The announcement of the murder charge against Golsteyn are the result of multiple Army investigations of his deployment to Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan as part of a Special Forces unit.

"Major Matthew Golsteyn's immediate commander has determined that sufficient evidence exists to warrant the preferral of charges against him", Bymer told Task & Purpose on Thursday. Golsteyn first acknowledged the killing in a 2010 Central Intelligence Agency interview, which sparked an Army probe and a 2014 reprimand but no formal charges.

CID, however, concluded the soldier committed the offenses of murder and conspiracy based on the interview provided by the Central Intelligence Agency and moved to reprimand him, according to an Army memo.

"You realize quickly that you make things worse".

The NBC News report said that Golsteyn admitted twice to the killing, once in an interview for a job at a spy agency and again during an interview with Fox News Channel.

He repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire as he helped evacuate a wounded Afghan soldier and directed airstrikes against the Taliban, which earned him the Silver Star medal. After initially burying the man, Golsteyn and two other soldiers later dug up the remains and burned them.

Baier asked Golsteyn if he'd killed the man.

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The man, however, was released when no bomb-making material was found.

Golsteyn was commissioned as a second lieutenant after graduating from West Point in 2002. But not long after, he was shot while walking along a path in Marjah.

In comments to NBC News, Golsteyn said he had done nothing wrong.

A board of inquiry later determined he was guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer and he was discharged.

Golsteyn explained in a 2016 interview that he killed the suspect, who had been turned over by Afghans cooperating with the U.S., because the man was likely to cause more violence.

He also insisted that he did nothing wrong on that day in February 2010 in Afghanistan.

On Thursday, Golsteyn's attorney Philip Stackhouse tweeted that he had been charged with "premeditated murder, a death penalty offense for allegedly killing a Taliban bomb-maker during combat operations in Marjah, Afghanistan".

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