A report on James Steele (United States Army officer)

Consultant and retired United States Army officer whose military career and work as a military contractor from Vietnam to the War in Iraq drew controversy for allegations of abuse and war crimes.

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Wolf Brigade SSI

Wolf Brigade (Iraq)

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Unit of roughly 2,000 special commando police officially under the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior.

Unit of roughly 2,000 special commando police officially under the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior.

Wolf Brigade SSI

Its principal U.S. advisor (Counselor) was Colonel James Steele, who also commanded the U.S. Military Advisory Group in El Salvador from 1984 through 1986.

German-employed death squad murders Soviet civilians, 1941

Death squad

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Armed group whose primary activity is carrying out extrajudicial killings or forced disappearances as part of political repression, genocide, ethnic cleansing, or revolutionary terror.

Armed group whose primary activity is carrying out extrajudicial killings or forced disappearances as part of political repression, genocide, ethnic cleansing, or revolutionary terror.

German-employed death squad murders Soviet civilians, 1941
Cristero rebels publicly hanged on telegraph poles in Jalisco, Mexico. The bodies often remained on the poles until the pueblo or town renounced public religious practice.
Quantrill's 1863 raid burned the town of Lawrence and killed 164 defenders.
A billboard serving as a reminder of one of many massacres that occurred during the civil war
President Rodrigo Duterte
Einsatzgruppen murder Jews in Ivanhorod, Ukraine, 1942
A group of British intelligence agents (reputedly either the Cairo Gang or Igoe Gang) formed to counter IRA actions during the Irish War of Independence.
A group of Black and Tans in Dublin, April 1921.
Irish Army soldiers escorting a captured IRA member
Oprichniki, painting by Nikolai Nevrev

In 2004, the US dispatched James Steele as an envoy and special training adviser to the Iraqi Special Police Commandos who were later accused of torture and death squad activities.

Ministry of Interior (Iraq)

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Government body charged with overseeing policing and border control in Iraq.

Government body charged with overseeing policing and border control in Iraq.

Former interior ministry flag, used during the Ba'athist era
Mashan border fort in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq

Its principal U.S. adviser (Counselor) was Colonel James Steele, who also commanded the U.S. Military Advisory Group in El Salvador from 1984 through 1986.

U.S. Army Col. James H. Coffman Jr. after being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross

James H. Coffman Jr.

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U.S. Army officer who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for valorous conduct while serving as an advisor with the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq attached to the Iraqi Special Police Commandos in Mosul, Iraq in 2004.

U.S. Army officer who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for valorous conduct while serving as an advisor with the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq attached to the Iraqi Special Police Commandos in Mosul, Iraq in 2004.

U.S. Army Col. James H. Coffman Jr. after being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross

Coffman worked closely with Steele advising Iraqi Special Police Commandos during Multi-National Security Transition Command operations, and who has also been implicated in human rights abuses of Iraqi detainees.