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Khobar Towers Bombing Lawsuit Hits Snag

The Justice Department has not given permission for the star witnesses to testify in a lawsuit against Iran over a 1996 terrorist bombing, and a judge suggested Friday that she might dismiss the case. Former FBI Director Louis Freeh and the agency’s former counterterror chief, Dale Watson, want to testify, U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson was told Friday. The hang-up, attorney Hank Walther said, is lack of permission for the two men’s testimony from the highest levels of the Justice Department. Walther represents families of some of the victims killed in the bombing of the military dormitory in Saudi Arabia. They have filed a civil suit against the government of Iran in federal court in Washington. The bombing killed 19 U.S. Air Force personnel, and a U.S. criminal case is pending against 13 Saudis and a Lebanese man. Full Story

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