Navy SEALs investigated in Green Beret's death

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The New York Times first reported the probe into the death of a staff sergeant found dead in USA embassy housing in the Malian capital of Bamako on June 4.

The U.S. Navy is targeting two commandos from the elite SEAL Team 6 in an investigation into the fatal strangulation of an Army Green Beret in Mali over the summer.

Naval Criminal Investigative Service spokesman Ed Buice confirmed to CNN the NCIS investigation into the death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar.

The Green Beret soldier was in Mali on a mission to provide intelligence about the Islamic militants to the U.S. Ambassador Paul A. Folmsbee in the country and protect the staff against possible attacks, the Times reported.

Investigators suspect that Melgar did not die from natural causes, defense officials told Reuters.

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Melgar was a veteran of two deployments to Afghanistan. The Naval Criminal Investigation Service, who took over the probe from the Army's Criminal Investigation Command on September 25, aren't saying anything.

According to CBS News, the two SEALs under investigation were reportedly involved in an altercation with Melgar.

Melgar joined the Army in 2012 and was a member of the 3rd Special Forces Group, which is based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the Times reported.

Like in the case of Niger, special operators from the Army and Navy are deployed to Mali to assist local forces with training and counterterrorism projects.

Melgar was found dead at a US government compound in the country Mali in June. On October 4, a dozen soldiers from Melgar's unit and 30 Nigerien soldiers were ambushed by terrorists in Niger.

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