Tampa, Florida — On November 4th 2016 Green Berets Matthew Lewellen, Kevin McEnroe, and James Moriarty assigned to 5th Special Forces Group based out of Ft. Campbell, KY approached the Prince Faisal Airbase in Jordan in their vehicle along with one Jordanian military officer. They were assigned the IA mission, meaning inter-agency, as a part of the CIA’s Timber Sycamore covert operation to train and arm so-called moderate Syrian rebels. At the gate there was an exchange of gunfire which Jordanian authorities have described as a, “chain of unfortunate events.”
The slaying of three Green Berets came after years of the Special Forces soldiers assigned to the CIA’s Timber Sycamore program complaining that the moderate rebels they had been sent to train were actually ISIS and al-Nusra infiltrators. The vetting that the CIA does of the rebels is dubious at best, consisting of bio-metric trace searches in old databases which are far from comprehensive. The Special Forces soldiers have repeatedly brought up the fact that the rebels they have to train have also failed their polygraphs and display allegiances to Islamists during interviews. Such concerns have also been expressed by the CIA’s para-military component, called Ground Branch, which have also gone ignored.
That shooter, who was later identified as M’aarek Abu Tayeh, was charged with murder with intent to kill more than one person in June of this year in a Jordanian military court. It has been the belief of many within the Special Forces community that this was an insider attack perpetrated by an ISIS infiltrator with the sole purpose of killing American trainers on Prince Faisel Airbase. The government of Jordan has vehemently denied this claim and said that Tayeh acted alone and that even to this day no solid answers as to why and what happened have been presented.
There was even a CCTV video which recorded the attack on the convoy which may have proved that this was not only a pre-meditated attack by Tayeh but also may prove that the entire Jordanian security detail assigned to that checkpoint did nothing to stop the gruesome slayings of the three Green Berets was not entered into evidence by the Jordanians and was never shown in court or to anyone outside of the investigation.
SOFREP has obtained a copy of the CCTV video and shows the hellish attack that day that left three American Green Berets dead.
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The United States Special Operations Command along with the FBI conducted its own internal investigation known as a 15-6 where the USSOCOM command extended its deepest condolences to the families, friends, and teammates of Matthew Lewellen, Kevin McEnroe, and James Moriarty which was made available for public release in March of this year. This video is difficult to watch and shows that these Green Berets were in fact ambushed and left to defend themselves the best they could.
Till Valhalla, Brothers. De Oppresso Liber.
Excerpt from the United States Special Operations Command 15-6 investigation report:
4 Nov. 2016 King Faisal Air Base Shooting AR 15-6 Investigation Summary
b. The Jordanian Air Force guard opened fire on the second vehicle of the
convoy with his M-16 rifle, killing SSG Kevin McEnroe and mortally wounding
SSG(P) Matthew Lewellen.
c. Within seconds of coming under fire, SSG James Moriarty and another Soldier
exited the third and fourth vehicles in the convoy in order to seek cover as the
shooter closed on their position. After unsuccessfully trying to communicate to the
shooter that they posed no threat, the Soldiers returned fire. While the other Soldier
maneuvered to gain a better position, SSG Moriarty stood and fired his pistol directly
at the shooter, who was wearing body armor. After closing in on their position, the
shooter shot SSG Moriarty twice mortally wounding him. SSG
enabled the remaining Soldier to maneuver and engage the shooter and seriously
d. SSG McEnroe died at the scene. SSG(P) Lewellen and SSG Moriarty were
medically evacuated after receiving initial treatment at the local medical treatment
facility but died en route to King Hussein Hospital in Amman. Autopsy results show
that no amount of medical care could have saved these three Soldiers due to the
nature of their wounds.
e. All team members maintained at least an intermediate language proficiency in
Modern Standard Arabic. Prior to deployment, the teams conducted additional
language training in Levantine Arabic, specialized weapons training, and advanced
f. There is no evidence that substantiates post-incident allegations and speculation
that alcohol was involved, the Special Forces Soldiers were not complying with
established procedures for entering the gate, or the Americans were the first ones to
fire their weapons.
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