An unnamed US official has confirmed that three US soldiers have been killed when their vehicles came under fire as they were entering a military base near Jordan’s capital, Amman.
“A total of three US service members died today (Friday) in the incident in Jordan,” said the official, whose name was not mentioned in news reports.
“Initial reports were that one was killed, two injured. The two injured service members were transported to a hospital in Amman, where they died,” the official added.
“There was an exchange of fire at the entrance to the base after an attempt by the trainers’ vehicle to enter the gate without heeding orders of the guards to stop,” the source said.
Meanwhile a Pentagon spokesman has expressed his sadness over the killings.
“We are saddened to report that three U.S. service members were killed today in a shooting incident at a Jordanian military base,” Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said, adding more information would be provided “as appropriate.”
“We are working closely with the government of Jordan to determine exactly what happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of these service members.”
The US embassy in Jordan confirmed the shooting.
“We have reports of a security incident involving American personnel and we are in contact with Jordanian officials who are giving us all the support,” the embassy said in a statement.
The exact circumstances of the killings are not known at this time but it is openly known that US forces train supposed moderate Syrian rebels in Jordan.