first published on July 25, 2017 by Sean
The Jordanian Military has released surveillance camera footage of the incident involving the murder of three US Special Forces at Prince Faisal Airbase in Jordan last November.
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 killed in the tragic incident on November 4th, 2016 – Which occurred when the Green Berets approached the installation and the assailant Marik al-Tuwayha, a Jordanian sergeant opened fire. The elite soldiers were conducting a train and arm mission under the control of CIA of supposed anti-Islamic State moderate rebels.
The limited view in the six-minute long video captures roughly half of 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 US personnel had somehow triggered the incident. The Jordanians withdrew those claims and have likely released the video to help quell recent tribal anger over the conviction of al-Tuwayha by a military court to life in prison.
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.
The cowardly insider attack and the failure of Jordanian security personnel during the incident leave lingering questions about the train and arm mission being conducted at the time. The official U.S. Special Operations Command investigation can be found here.