Jordan’s military has released shocking surveillance footage of one of its soldiers gunning down three US Army Green Berets at an air base in the kingdom.
The three soldiers were killed Nov. 4 when their vehicles came under fire at the entrance of the al-Jafr base in southern Jordan.
The victims were Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen, 27, of Kirksville, Missouri; Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe, 30, of Tucson, Arizona; and Staff Sgt. James F. Moriarty, 27, of Kerrville, Texas.
The Jordanian soldier who killed them, 1st Sgt. Marik al-Tuwayha, was sentenced by a Jordanian military court last week to life in prison with hard labor.
He claimed he had opened fire because he feared the based was about to come under attack.
But Jordanian officials said he “had acted against orders and military instructions and had not acted in self-defense.”
The roughly six-minute silent video – which was released by Hala Akhbar, a military news site linked to the military – shows a convoy arriving at the base, where a guard opens a gate to let the vehicles in.
But seconds later, two of the American’s are seen getting out of their vehicles and taking cover behind concrete barriers are puffs of smoke indicating gunfire are seen hitting the blocks.
They US soldiers raise their hands and wave from behind the barriers, but the shooting continues.
Another figure, according to past descriptions the Jordanian, chases them and continues firing.
According to descriptions from relatives, Lewellen and McEnroe, who were in the first vehicle stopped at the gate, were the first to be hit by gunfire.
Moriarty and another soldier jumped out of the next two cars to take cover and returned fire with their pistols — yelling that they were friendly forces, the relatives said.
But al-Tuwayha kept shooting, they said. He was seriously wounded in the exchange.