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Matt Golsteyn Planned to Join the CIA and Go to Iraq. Now He Faces a Murder Charge.

Matt Golsteyn Planned to Join the CIA and Go to Iraq. Now He Faces a Murder Charge. By Dan Lamothe – Washington Post

In the largest battle in the history of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, Mathew L. Golsteyn watched to see if the man he believed was responsible for killing two U.S. Marines was coming his way.

 

Golsteyn, a captain and Green Beret soldier at the time, said he had taken up an ambush position in the Taliban stronghold of Marja when U.S. forces released the man, a suspected Taliban bombmaker known as Rasoul.

 

What happened next is at the center of an Army investigation that has stretched years, resulting in a murder charge against Golsteyn in December.

 

Golsteyn didn’t know whether the suspected insurgent, who was unarmed at the time, would walk in his direction. But if he did, to Golsteyn it meant he was going back to insurgent activities and could be legally targeted…

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