Incident Summary:

11/04/2016: An assailant opened fire on United States Army Special Forces soldiers at the entrance to Prince Faisal Airbase in Jafr, Maan, Jordan. At least three soldiers were killed and the assailant was injured in the assault. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources identified the assailant as a Jordanian soldier and suspected that the attack may have been carried out by Muslim extremists.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at the entrance to the Prince Faisal Airbase.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity United States Army
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the attack may have been the result of a mistake or an accident.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 3
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"Investigators: Killing of 3 U.S. soldiers in Jordan appears to have been deliberate," Washington Post, November 21, 2016.
"3 slain troops worked for CIA in Jordan," Washington Post, November 13, 2016.
"3 US troops shot dead in Jordan," Qatar Tribune, November 5, 2016.