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Judge Blames Iran for Deadly 1983 Blast

A federal judge on Friday blamed Iran for the 1983 terrorist bombing that killed 241 U.S. Marines in Beirut, ordering Tehran to pay damages to the survivors and their relatives. U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth said the suicide truck bombing was carried out by the terrorist group Hezbollah with the approval and funding of Iran’s senior government officials. “Based on the evidence presented by the expert witnesses at trial, the court finds that it is beyond question that Hezbollah and its agents received massive material and technical support from the Iranian government,” Lamberth wrote in a 29-page opinion. Under Lamberth’s ruling, a special master will decide how much the 153 families who filed the lawsuit can collect in damages. The lawsuit was filed under a 1996 U.S. law that allows Americans to sue nations that the State Department considers sponsors of terrorism for damages suffered in terrorist acts. Full Story

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