Con­vic­tion of Jor­da­nian in U.S. troop deaths sparks protests

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

AL-JAFR, Jor­dan — Hun­dreds of peo­ple in south­ern Jor­dan have protested the con­vic­tion of a lo­cal sol­dier in the shoot­ing deaths of three U.S. mil­i­tary train­ers.

The U.S. troops were killed in Novem­ber at the gate to the al-Jafr air base when their con­voy came un­der fire. A Jor­da­nian mil­i­tary court sen­tenced 1st Sgt. Marik al-Tuwayha to life in prison on Mon­day. On Tues­day, pro­test­ers blocked roads to the town of al-Jafr with burn­ing tires and staged a sit-in. Mem­bers of the sol­dier’s tribe claimed, without pre­sent­ing ev­i­dence, that he was a scape­goat, and that there had been a deadly clash be­tween U.S. troops and Syr­ian rebels they were train­ing. The de­fen­dant tes­ti­fied that he opened fire be­cause he be­lieved he had heard a pis­tol shot and feared the base was be­ing at­tacked.

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