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US Navy Seal Acquitted Of Murder In Killing Of IS Fighter

It took the jury less than two days of deliberations to reach its verdict.

Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher leaves a military courtroom on Naval Base San Diego with his wife, Andrea Gallagher (Picture: PA/Andrew Dyer/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS/Sipa USA).

A military jury in the US has acquitted a decorated Navy Seal of premeditated murder in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive under his care in Iraq in 2017.

Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was also cleared of randomly shooting other Iraqi civilians.

But he was convicted of posing for photos with the body of the 17-year-old IS fighter - the allegations against him came from members of his own platoon.

It took the jury less than two days of deliberations to reach its verdict.

Mr Gallagher reacted with "tears of joy, emotion, freedom and absolute euphoria," defence lawyer Marc Mukasey said.

"Suffice it to say this is a huge victory," Mr Mukasey said outside court. "It's a huge weight off the Gallaghers."

Gallagher, dressed in a white uniform sporting a chest full of medals, told reporters outside court that he was "happy and grateful".

"I thank God, my legal team and my wife."