Judge: Iran Owes US Families $813M

Says money should go to relatives of Marines killed in 1983 Beirut bombing
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2012 7:40 AM CDT
Judge: Iran Owes US Families $813M
US Marines search through rubble for their missing comrades in Beirut in 1983.   (Getty Images)

A US court has ruled that Iran owes $813 million to the families of 241 US soldiers killed in the 1983 bombing of a Marines barracks in Lebanon, reports the AFP. The two Beirut bombings on Oct. 23, 1983, which also killed 58 French paratroopers, have been blamed on Hezbollah, a Shiite terrorist group backed by Iran. The judgment is the eighth against Iran related to the attacks, adding up to $8.8 billion in damages.

"Iran is racking up quite a bill from its sponsorship of terrorism," said the Washington judge, adding, "no award—however many billions it contained—could accurately reflect the countless lives that have been changed by Iran's dastardly acts." (Read more Iran stories.)

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