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Jordanian Soldier Receives Life Sentence for Killing U.S. Military Trainers

A military court concluded that the soldier “intended to kill” American troops, but his motives remain unclear.
Source: Omar Akour / AP

A Jordanian soldier was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for fatally shooting three U.S. military trainers outside an army base in southern Jordan last November. The soldier, 39-year-old Maarik al-Tawaiha, previously pleaded “not guilty,” arguing that a vehicle containing the now-deceased soldiers—Matthew Lewellen, Kevin McEnroe, and James Moriarty—appeared to pose a threat to the base. In June, the prosecution

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