Jordanian soldier convicted in killing of 3 American troops

A military court convenes in the case of a Jordanian soldier accused of shooting to death three U.S. military trainers at the gate of an air base in Amman Jordan

A Jordanian military court sentenced a soldier to life imprisonment with hard labor on Monday for the fatal shooting of three U.S. Green Berets in November of previous year, local media reported.

The U.S. soldiers were killed November 4 when their convoy came under fire at the entrance of an air base in southern Jordan.

The soldier, Marik al-Tuwayha, had opened fire on the trainers in November as their vehicle approached al-Jafr airbase in November.

"I have all the respect for the king, but I was doing my job", Tuwayha said as he was led out of the courtroom.

Relatives of the slain troops were in court on Monday.

Amman Jordan. Earlier Monday a Jordanian military court convicted a Jordanian soldier of killing Lewellen and two other U.S. military
Jordanian soldier convicted in killing of 3 American troops

Jordanian soldier who shot three United States military trainers last November sentenced to life imprisonment. Officials then withdrew the claims under pressure from Washington, which maintained that terrorism could be an issue.

"We've felt discouraged and disappointed with every way Jordan has handled this case since the moment the bullets were first fired", Moriarty's sister, 31-year-old Melissa, said in a statement sent to The Associated Press.

Jordan is a member of a USA -led military coalition against Islamic State group extremists in neighboring Syria and Iraq. Amman has insisted, however, that several attacks carried out in the country over the past years had no links to terrorists and that the attackers were lone wolves with personal problems. Moriarty said the video had been entered into evidence at the trial.

The defendant and some of the gate guards testified that they heard what might have been a pistol shot coming from the direction of the US convoy. About 2,000 US troops are in Jordan. Other guards said they held their fire because they couldn't determine the source of the sound. They said the footage showed that the shooting lasted six minutes and that the video shows the defendant reloading his weapon and continuing to shoot as the USA service members waived their hands and yelled: "We're Americans!"

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