A video released Monday shows footage of an attack that killed three U.S. Special Forces in Jordan. The video, released by the Jordanian government, is from a deadly attack that occurred last November.
In the video, U.S. soldiers in trucks approach a stop at the King Faisal Air Base. At the entrance and off-camera, a Jordanian guard named Cpl. M’aarek Abu Tayeh opens fire, targeting the U.S. troops inside one of the vehicles.
U.S. soldiers in the trucks behind the first vehicles exit and try to engage Tayeh, speaking in Arabic. But he doesn’t listen — Tayeh continues to fire and pursue the U.S. soldiers, killing Staff Sgt. James Moriarty.
Eventually Tayeh is shot and disabled.
Staff Sgt. Kevin McEnroe, who was in the first vehicle hit, was killed instantly.
Sgt. First Class Matthew Lewellen was wounded, but later died from the injuries.
Other Jordanian soldiers nearby do not appear to attempt to aid the Americans, who were there to participate in a training exercise.
Immediately following the attack, Jordan denied responsibility for Tayeh’s actions. They said the U.S. soldiers failed to follow the protocols for entering the base.
According to U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), there was no evidence that U.S. forces failed to fully comply with Jordanian base procedures, and the troops demonstrated valorous conduct and extraordinary heroism while subduing the threat.
Tayeh was armed with an M-16 rifle and body armor, and the U.S. soldiers only had sidearms.
Jordan is one of the U.S.’s allies in the war on terrorism, but families of the murdered soldiers condemned the Jordanian government in March. They said the government failed to investigate the incident.
Tayeh was not killed during the incident. He was arrested and found guilty of murder in June. He’s serving a life sentence with hard labor.
The video can be viewed below. Warning: Violent Content.
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