U.S. Marine Raider killed on mission in Iraq identified by Pentagon

 Gunnery Sergeant Scott A. Koppenhafer, 35, a critical skills operator with 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, suffered fatal wounds during combat operations while supporting Iraqi Security Forces.
The late Gunnery Sergeant Scott A. Koppenhafer, 35, a critical skills operator with 2nd Marine Raider Battalion. Photo: Department of Defense

A U.S. Marine was killed this weekend "after being engaged by enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations" in Iraq, the Defense Department said in a statement Sunday.

Details: The Pentagon identified him as Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer, 35, of Mancos, Colorado. The Defense Department said before his death Saturday, he was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve — a coalition tasked with fighting the Islamic State, or ISIS, per the Marine Corps Times, which reported on Koppenhafer's achievements in Iraq in 2018.

Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher found not guilty of murder, war crimes

In this image, Edward walks while holding his wife's hand.
Gallagher walks into military court with his wife Andrea Gallagher on June 21, 2019. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images

Navy veteran and SEAL platoon leader Edward Gallagher was found not guilty of first-degree murder and war crimes on Tuesday, but he was convicted of posing with the corpse of a teenage captive ISIS fighter, the New York Times reports.

The big picture: President Trump faced criticism — particularly from veterans — for considering pardoning Gallagher, among other service members accused of war crimes. Gallagher was acquitted of attempted murder of Iraqi civilians and was expected be freed Tuesday, as he's served more than his maximum sentence in pretrial confinement. His defense team said afterward justice had been served, Fox News video shows.

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