10:00 GMT: Tragedy struck today as U.S. official reports indicate that 3 U.S. Soldiers have died after an apparent failure to come to a halt at a military training center gate at the al-Jafr Air Base. The Jordanian military says “The vehicle failed to stop”, after which small-arms fire was exchanged, leaving 1 of the soldiers dead at the base, while the other 2 soldiers later died at the hospital.
AFP news agency quoted a U.S. defense official as saying it was a “green on blue” incident, a term for when friendly forces attack U.S. military personnel. While there is not a clear understanding if the attack was deliberate, or a misunderstanding, an investigation is by U.S. officials is certainly taking place.
Attacks on U.S. personnel are extremely rare in Jordan, a close American ally in the Middle East. Jordan is one of the only Arab nations to have joined the U.S. led military coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
In November 2015, a Jordanian police officer opened fire at a regional police training center in the Jordanian capital, killing two Americans, a South African and two Jordanians before being shot dead.