Last November, three U.S. Army Green Berets were killed in Jordan by a Jordanian soldier, Marik al-Tuwayha. The man’s trial just concluded with the only verdict that made sense, life in prison, for the accused.
The men pulled up to the gate at the base in Jordan after returning from a mission and requested entry. Per the statements of the US Embassy the men followed all proper procedures when entering the base.
However, a few of the guards who testified said they thought they heard a singular shot ring out from the convoy. Most of the guards waited and tried to identify the sound. But not al-Tuwayha. He immediately opened fire on the convey. For SIX MINUTES he continued firing on the men even as they repeatedly shouted “We’re Americans! We’re friendly.”
Police showed footage of the incident to the families of the deceased soldiers, but it has not been released to the public.
Jordan is one of the United States’ allies in the fight against ISIS. Many US soldiers are housed in Jordan due to its close proximity to Syria, where most of the fighting is happening.
Apparently, in Jordan, life in prison can mean only 20 years. In fact a Jordanian man who killed 7 Israeli schoolgirls in 1997 was just recently released.
It seems that the parents of the murdered soldiers were right to call for the death penalty in this heinous case.