The Defense Department is working with Jordanian authorities to investigate an attack that killed three U.S. service members, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said today in a statement.
The three service members killed Friday in Jordan were Green Berets from 5th Special Forces Group, theArmy announcedSunday. The Fort Campbell, Kentucky-based soldiers — Staff Sgt. Matthew Lewellen, Staff Sgt. Kevin McEnroe and Staff Sgt. James Moriarty — died Friday after they reportedly came under fire while entering a Jordanian military base. The incident is still under investigation.
“We are saddened to report that three U.S. service members were killed today in a shooting incident at a Jordanian military base,” Cook said. “The three service members were in Jordan on a training mission, and the initial report is that they came under fire as they were entering the facility in vehicles.”
Cook added, “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. We will provide more information as appropriate.”
Meanwhile, U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday,Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolveofficials reported today.
Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.