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Jordanian soldier shoots dead three U.S. military trainers

25 Juillet 2017

The video shows puffs of smoke as an American convoy, which is entering a military base, comes under fire. The Jordanian soldier had argued in court that he opened fire because he believed the base was being attacked. Jordan's military released a statement on Monday saying that Al-Tuwayha "had acted against orders and military instructions and had not acted in self-defense".

Staff Sgt. James Moriarty, 27, of Kerrville, Texas, Staff Sgt. Kevin McEnroe, 30 and Staff Sgt. Matthew Lewellen, 27 were all members of the U.S. Army's 5th Special Forces Group, "Green Berets".

The Jordanian authorities initially claimed the convoy had failed to stop at the gate, which they later withdrew.

Jordan, an USA ally in the ongoing war on terrorism, initially denied responsibility for Tayeh's attack, placing blame on the US for failing to follow proper protocols when entering the base.

After returning fire, the remaining American soldiers dive behind concrete barriers and raise their hands to indicate surrender.

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The footage was shown to the families of the U.S. Army Green Berets by U.S. law enforcement before it was made public Monday, according to AP. The gunman approaches the soldiers and continues to fire with an assault rifle as they try to withdraw.

During the month-long trial, Tawaiha had said he had "no intention of killing anyone" and felt no resentment towards Americans.

A Jordanian military court arrived at a similar conclusion last week when it sentenced the gunman, 1st Sgt. Marik al-Tuwayha, to life in prison with hard labor.

Al-Tuwayha's influential tribe, the Howeitat, took to the streets in protest, claiming the harsh sentence was meant to placate the United States.

The case has baffled investigators from both countries, who have not found any indications that Sergeant Tawayha had extremist views that would have led him to kill Americans. They use Jordanian airfields to hit Islamic State positions in neighboring Syria and help protect its borders.

Jordanian soldier shoots dead three U.S. military trainers