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Thu Aug 4, 2022, 05:59 PM

Air Force explosives expert charged in suspected insider attack

An Air Force explosives expert has been charged in connection with a suspected insider attack that wounded four other U.S. troops at an austere outpost in Syria earlier this year, a highly unusual case of alleged betrayal in an organization that prizes fidelity above all else.

Tech. Sgt. David D. Dezwaan Jr. is accused of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and wrongfully obtaining classified information, among other crimes, the Air Force said Thursday. The charges stem from a military investigation into the April incident at Green Village, a base the Americans share with partner forces in eastern Syria.

In first reporting the attack, U.S. military officials initially said the explosions, which occurred in areas of the base housing ammunition and shower facilities, were the result of indirect fire. They later clarified the blasts were believed to be a result of “deliberate placement of explosive charges,” and announced several weeks later that a U.S. service member had been detained.

Dezwaan will face what the military calls an Article 32 hearing later this month at Hill Air Force Base in Utah. Such proceedings are used to air evidence and determine if the accused will face trial. His civilian attorneys, Philip Cave and Nathan Freeburg, declined to comment ahead of the proceeding.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/08/04/syria-insider-attack-david-dezwaan/

Nothing worse than a soldier who turns on his own.

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Thu Aug 4, 2022, 06:07 PM

1. I Knew A Member Of The Corps Of Engineers...

...that told me a story about leading an investigation of a very similar "accident".
The outcome was remarkably similar to this. An EOD noncom was the culprit, and they caught him.
I worked with that colonel in the 90s, and this happened several years prior. I forget where he said that incident occurred, though.

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Thu Aug 4, 2022, 06:45 PM

2. With that last name, I hope he gets a fair shake. A guy in boot camp named Araby Araby ...

... a Palestinian, in '72 most definitely did not.

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