Jordan soldier says he fired at US troops in fear of attack

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) _ A Jordanian soldier charged with killing three U.S. Army Green Berets told a military court Tuesday that he opened fire because he thought fellow Jordanian troops had come under attack.

The U.S. military trainers were killed when their convoy came under fire at the gate of an air base in Jordan in November.

First Sgt. Marik al-Tuwayha took the stand in his murder trial Tuesday, saying he felt no resentment toward Americans and that he had joked and chatted with the U.S. trainers in the past.

Jordan, a close U.S. military ally, initially said the Americans triggered the shooting by disobeying orders of Jordanian troops. Jordan later withdrew this claim.

Al-Tuwayha pleaded “not guilty.” The judge has said the defendant has no apparent ties to terrorist groups.