CCTV shows Jordanian soldier opening fire on US Green Berets

The soldiers were killed on November 4th when their vehicles came under fire as they attempted to enter the base

The soldiers were killed on November 4th when their vehicles came under fire as they attempted to enter the base

The Jordanian army released the security footage from the terror attack in Jordan, where a Jordanian soldier deliberately murdered 3 US Green Berets. He always claimed that he fired believing the base was under attack, but the video shows no sign that the convoy was behaving in an unusual... Jordan's military issued a statement condemning al-Tuwayha for violating military orders, intentionally killing US soldiers, and "insulting the dignity and reputation of the armed forces".

The victims of the shooting 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.

Jordan hosts several hundred US contractors in a military cooperation program which includes the stationing of U.S. F-16 fighter jets.

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.

James R Moriarty, a lawyer and father of one of the dead USA soldiers, told the New York Times that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had told him the video was released to defuse protests in Jordan and prevent Tawaiha from being presented as a martyr. The video shows the three Americans throwing their hands up to surrender, as the gunman continued firing.

The footage shows the United States convoy coming under fire at the entrance to the base.

One of two surviving soldiers appears to be hit as they fire back at their attacker, who is eventually shot himself. "I have all the respect for the king, but I was doing my job", he said in court.

The Jordanian guard, Marik al-Tuwayha, was convicted of the killings last week and sentenced to life in prison with hard labor. Three American soldiers were killed during the incident.

The court's decision led to angry protests on the road between al-Jafr and the Iraqi border as members of Tawaiha's Howeitat tribe burned tires and briefly blocked the road.

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