Three US service members shot dead in Jordan

Posted at 12:15 PM, Nov 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-04 14:38:20-04

AMMAN, Jordan – A US official told CNN that three US service members died Friday in the incident in Jordan, two more than the initial report indicated.

Two injured service members who had been transported to a hospital in Amman later died.

The official said the US government is working with the Jordanian government to try to learn more about what happened.

“We are saddened to report that three U.S. service members were killed today in a shooting incident at a Jordanian military base,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter 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.”

The US service members were shot as they approached the gate to a training facility. One was killed at the time, while the wounded service members were transported to King Hussein Hospital in Amman.

The incident took place at the Prince Faisal airbase in Al Jafr, the Jordanian government said. The airbase is in the south of Jordan.

The US Embassy in Amman issued a statement saying: “We have received reports about a security incident involving US personnel. We are in contact with the appropriate Jordanian authorities, who have offered their full support. We will report more information when available and appropriate.”

The incident is under investigation.

The US began training Syrian rebels at locations in Jordan and Turkey last year as part of the continuing fight against ISIS in the region.

The pace and success of the training operation has come under scrutiny over the past year or so as ISIS made gains in the region through the end of 2015.