-the three Special Forces soldiers were killed at the entrance to a Jordanian military camp
- Some troops were assigned to 'mobile artillery units'
- the result of a mistake at the gate?
-chain of unfortunate event
-accidental discharge from an American humvee? following a 'training' operation with Syrian rebels
The obfuscation is thick and liberal
Were the US special forces playing ISIS? And the Jordanian soldier believed himself and the base to be under attack?
US Special Forces Soldiers Killed In Jordan Were Working For the CIA
The three Army Special Forces soldiers killed at a Jordanian military base on November 4 were working for a CIA programme to train “moderate” Syrian fighters when they were shot at a checkpoint under still-unclear circumstances, US officials said.
The killings of the three soldiers is believed to be the deadliest single incident involving a CIA team since December 2009, when seven officers and contractors were killed in a suicide bombing in Khost, Afghanistan.
The Fort Campbell, Kentucky-based soldiers – all members of the 5th Special Forces Group – were killed by a Jordanian soldier at an entry control point to Prince Faisal Air Base near Jafr, in the southern desert about 240km south of the capital, Amman, according to the officials. The shooter also was wounded in what was described by US and Middle Eastern sources as an exchange of gunfire.
The soldiers, identified as Staff Sergeant Matthew Lewellen, Staff Sergeant Kevin McEnroe and Staff Sergeant James Moriarty, were among roughly 2,000 US troops working in Jordan while participating in the US-led campaign fighting Islamic State. Some of the troops have been assigned to mobile artillery units along the Jordanian border while others assist CIA-led training programmes for Syrian opposition fighters.
The CIA declined to comment on the shooting incident or on the soldiers’ possible role in agency programmes.
What prompted the week-old shooting remained unclear, as US and Jordanian officials have painted different narratives of the incident.
The FBI is investigating the possibility of a terrorist attack, but it has not discounted the possibility that the deaths could have been the result of a mistake at the gate, said a US defence official who, spoke on the condition of anonymity because an investigation into the incident is ongoing.
But Jordanian investigators say the evidence so far points not to a deliberate attack but to a “chain of unfortunate events”, according to a senior Middle Eastern security official briefed on the results of an internal Jordanian probe.
According to Jordanian accounts, the incident began with the accidental discharge of a weapon inside one of the Americans’ Humvees as a small convoy was preparing to enter the base following a training exercise with Syrian opposition fighters, the Middle Eastern official said. In the ensuing confusion, shots were fired at US personnel, some of whom got out of their vehicle to take cover.
“Security was heightened at the time,” amping up the adrenaline among a guard force trained to respond rapidly to perceived threats, the official said. Investigators have found no evidence suggesting a deliberate targeting of the Americans, he said.
The incident took place five months after six Jordanian border guards were killed in a suicide-car bombing near the Syrian border. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for that attack.