Saturday, November 5, 2016

Three American Military Personnel Killed in Jordan....WTF?!

What in the sam hell happened in Jordan?

The story comes from YNET News.

3 US military members killed at Jordanian base

The Pentagon has confirmed that three US soldiers were killed as they were driving onto a base in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan while on a training mission in the al-Jafr base close to the southern city of Ma'an.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three US military members were killed in a shooting outside a military base in southern Jordan on Friday, the Pentagon said.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the three were in Jordan on a training mission and came under fire while driving into the base. He provided no other details and said US officials are consulting with the Jordanian government to determine exactly what happened at the base.

Earlier, an American official in Washington said one US service member died at the scene and two who were wounded died at a hospital in Amman, the Jordanian capital. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because details of how the attack happened were still being investigated.

Jordan is a key US ally and member of a US-led military coalition fighting ISIS, which controls parts of neighboring Iraq and Syria.

Shots were fired as a car carrying the Americans tried to enter the al-Jafr base near the southern Jordanian town of Maan at about noon local time on Friday, military officials in the US and Jordan said.

In addition to the US casualties, a Jordanian officer was also wounded, Jordanian officials said.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the shooting.

Jordan faces homegrown extremism, with hundreds of Jordanians fighting alongside ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria and several thousand more supporting the extremist group in the kingdom.

Last November, a Jordanian police captain opened fire in an international police training facility, killing two Americans and three others. The government subsequently portrayed the police captain as troubled.

The United States has spent millions of dollars to help the kingdom fortify its borders. For the West, any sign of instability in Jordan would be of great concern.

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