False news circulating about US troops killed in Jordan


By Michael Swaney

The Department of Defense has yet to identify the troops killed during a drone strike at the US base in northern Jordan.

The attack carried out by “radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq,” according to the President, occurred at an outpost known as Tower 22, where roughly 350 U.S. Army and Air Force personnel are deployed on Sunday.

The identities of those killed are withheld for 24 hours after their families have been notified but posts on social media have wrongly identified those who were killed.

One such post claimed the three killed were Army Special Forces soldiers from the 5th Special Forces Group.

These soldiers did die in Jordan but it was during a shooting at a Jordanian military base in November 2016.

Staff Sgt. Matthew Lewellen, Staff Sgt. Kevin McEnroe and Staff Sgt. James Moriarty were killed when they came under fire while entering the Jordanian military base. 

Sunday’s drone strike was the deadliest attack on U.S. service members since the suicide bombing in Kabul that took the lives of 13 Americans in 2021.

“We lost three brave soldiers in an attack on one of our bases. And I’m asking for a moment of silence for all three of our fallen soldiers,” President Biden said Sunday afternoon at a lunch event in South Carolina.

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