Former Green Beret charged with murder says he killed suspected Taliban bomb-maker in an ambush
Former Special Forces Maj. Matthew Golsteyn, who was charged with murder after admitting he killed a suspected Taliban bomb maker, claims he “conducted an ambush” when he engaged the unarmed man.
“Over these years, what the Army – particularly this time, the United States Army Special Operations Command – seems to be intent on doing is characterizing an ambush as murder,” Golsteyn told Fox & Friends’ Pete Hegseth during a Sunday interview. “What Army special operators and regular Army, like infantry soldiers, have done over the last 15 years, those routine combat actions are now being characterized as murder.”
Golsteyn initially admitted during a polygraph test for a CIA interview that he had killed an unarmed Afghan man in February 2010 after a tribal leader claimed the man had built a bomb that had killed two Marines. His charge sheet does not provide any details on how Golsteyn shot and killed the suspected bomb maker, who is identified as “Rasoul.”
Major Golsteyn’s first TV interview since being charged in the death of a suspected Taliban bomb maker
Former Green Beret Officer Matt Golsteyn and wife Julie Golsteyn join the ‘Fox & Friends’ team for an exclusive interview.
During his CIA polygraph test, Golsteyn said he took Rasoul off base and shot him because the Afghan tribal leader was worried that Rasoul would murder him and his family if released, the Washington Post first reported.
He also said that he buried Rasoul, and then he and two other soldiers dug up Rasoul’s body and burned it.
More recently, Golsteyn told the Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe that he set up an ambush position off base in case Rasoul tried to walk towards Taliban positions – which is exactly what he claimed Rasoul did once released.
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