US navy Seal pleads not guilty to murdering Islamic State prisoner

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Special operations chief Edward Gallagher is also accused of shooting at unarmed Iraqi civilians at random

A decorated navy Seal has pleaded not guilty to charges of premeditated murder and other crimes in the stabbing death of a teenage Islamic State prisoner in Iraq and the shooting of unarmed Iraqi civilians.

Special operations chief Edward Gallagher has been jailed since his September arrest, and a judge said he would rule next week whether the 19-year navy veteran should be released before trial. He was due to stand trial 19 February.

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