first published on November 19, 2018 by Will
The fathers of three murdered Green Berets have filed a lawsuit against the Kingdom of Jordan alleging complicity and a cover up of the incident.
Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen, 27; Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe, 30; and Staff Sgt. James F. Moriarty, 27 of 5th Special Forces Group were murdered by Jordanian Air Force First Sgt. Ma’Arek al-Tawayha, A.K.A. “Abu Tayeh,” as they were reentering Prince Faisal Airbase on November 4th, 2016.
“There’s no amount of money that can take the place of my son, Jimmy,” Jim Moriarty said but continued, “we want to know if there is anything else out there, any clues, as to why that Jordanian soldier targeted our sons that day.”
Brian McEnroe stated that King Abdullah II, of Jordan, “has never apologized, not once, for the murder of our sons.”
In fact, Jordanian officials initially tried claiming that the slain Americans had been drinking prior to the incident and were partially at fault. Those claims were disproven by the autopsies, which showed no trace of alcohol or drugs in the Special Forces soldiers’ systems.
Jordanian officials also stated that al-Tawayha was just doing his job when he systematically murdered the Americans. At least 11 other Jordanian troops were present when the shooting happened, none of which did anything to stop it. Al-Tawayha was eventually subdued by one of the armed Americans.
The following video shows a limited view of the the incident, with two of the four vehicles visible in frame. Crucially, it captures the malicious nature of the attack, contradicting the initial Jordanian claims that the murdered Green Berets had somehow triggered the incident.
The video shows rounds impacting in the two visible vehicles, and the desperate attempts by purported US personnel to wave off the attack. Al-Tuwayha eventually comes into frame and continues obviously searching for survivors. The remaining friendlies take cover behind a few small jersey barriers to the rear of the ECP, while the assailant cautiously moves closer. He finally spots the soldiers, but is shot and wounded at extremely close range by a US operator with a pistol.