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Trump restores Navy SEAL's rank to Chief Petty Officer

A military jury acquitted Gallagher this summer of murder for the death of the wounded captive, and attempted murder in the shootings of unarmed Iraqi civilians.
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Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher as they arrive to military court on Naval Base San Diego, Monday, June 24, 2019, in San Diego. Trial continues in the court-martial of the decorated Navy SEAL, who is accused of stabbing to death a wounded teenage Islamic State prisoner and wounding two civilians in Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder, charges that carry a potential life sentence. (AP Photo/Julie Watson)

SAN DIEGO — Last week, the U.S. chief of naval operations denied a request for clemency and upheld a military jury's sentence that will reduce the rank of a decorated Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, who was convicted of posing with a dead Islamic State captive in Iraq in 2017.

On Monday, the Navy Times reported that the president of the United States restored Gallagher's rank to Chief Petty Officer.

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A military jury acquitted Gallagher this summer of murder for the death of the wounded captive, attempted murder in the shootings of unarmed Iraqi civilians and other charges during his deployment to Mosul, Iraq.

He was convicted of the single count of posing with the casualty — dealing a major blow to one of the Navy's most high-profile war crimes cases.

The case was championed by President Donald Trump, who had intervened to move Gallagher out of the brig and congratulated him in a tweet after he was acquitted of murder.