As of Memorial Day 2017, 6,915 American soldiers had died in the Global War on Terrorism—both the military action in Afghanistan, as well as the second invasion of Iraq. Today, American troops continue to fight against extremist groups in Afghanistan and Iraq. This number does not include the civilian contractors who have died in these Global Wars on Terrorism from 2001 to the present. According to the U.S. State Department, Iran remains the foremost state sponsor of terrorism, and has held that spot for the past 10-15 years, because it has provided arms and cash to terrorist groups such as Kata’ib Hizballah, Iraqi Shi, and Hezbollah.
Iran is considered one of the top three state sponsors of terrorism, with Sudan and Syria being the other two. Despite the fact that the U.S. has imposed sanctions on Iran for their violations of the Anti-Terrorism Act, certain European banks, allowing greed to control their actions, provided Iran with the necessary cash to kill and injure thousands of U.S. soldiers and civilian contractors. Without funds, Iran would not have been able to train, fund and arm terrorist groups throughout Iraq, or to sponsor terrorist groups such as Hezbollah, whose purpose was to attack Americans. Iran was also the exclusive manufacturer of EFPs (explosively-formed penetrators), rockets and munitions—the leading causes of injuries and death to U.S. and Coalition Forces.
European Banks Finance Iranian Terrorism
Banks such as Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC Holding Group PLC, Credit Suisse, Commerzbank A.G., Barclays PLC and BNP Paribas pled guilty to criminal charges regarding the violation of U.S. sanctions against Sudan, Cuba and Iran. In return, for billions in violation fines, the U.S. agreed to delay criminal prosecution against these banks—meaning it is unlikely there will ever be any type of prosecution. What is clear is that the financial transactions engaged in by these banks supported terrorism, as the banks knowingly and unlawfully agreed to engage in “stripping” billions of United States dollars on behalf of Iran, despite being aware that Iran was a designated state sponsor of terrorism.
Statute of Limitations on Anti-Terrorism Lawsuits
Those who make the decision to file an anti-terrorism lawsuit for injuries or death as a result of violations of the Anti-Terrorism Act, should be aware of the statutes of limitations for anti-terrorism lawsuits. In short, for attacks which occurred between 2001 and 2008, the statute of limitations will run on January 1, 2019. For attacks which occurred from 2009 forward, the statute of limitations will run on January 2, 2019.
Under the Anti-Terrorism Act, while most non-capital federal offenses are subject to a five-year statute of limitations, many terrorism offenses are subject to an eight-year statute of limitations. Section 809 of the Patriot Act expanded the list of terrorism crimes and extended the statute of limitations for any terrorism offense which results in, or creates a foreseeable risk of death or serious bodily injury for any offense committed before, on or after October 26, 2001. Conspiracy crimes have very different statute of limitations—the statute begins to run on the date the last act that was a part of the conspiracy was taken.
How an Anti-Terrorism Lawsuit Could Benefit You and/or Your Family Members
If you or a family were subjected to injuries or death as a result of state-sponsored terrorism from Iran, with financing from certain EU banks, you could benefit from filing an anti-terrorism lawsuit. According to Colin Powell, “Money is the oxygen of terrorism.” Without funds, Iran could not have sponsored terrorism, which, in turn, killed and maimed Americans. Holding these banks accountable, and punishing them for their role in supporting Iranian terrorism could deter other financial institutions from aiding and abetting terrorism in the future. The anti-terrorism lawsuits already filed allege Iran provided funds, training, weapons, supplies and other material support to multiple terrorist organizations operating in Iraq after 2003. Iran provided support to Hezbollah and other Iraqi Shi militant groups who then targeted, injured and killed U.S.
Service Members as well as U.S. citizen contractors through the use of EFPs, IRAMS, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and sniper fire. The anti-terrorism lawsuits against the banks assert they can be held liable under the Anti-Terrorism Act, and claim the banks conspired with Iran while knowing Iran would use the laundered funds to injure and kill Americans in Iraq. You could potentially benefit from seeking compensatory damages against the banks who illegally assisted Iran, in the form of physical injury, extreme mental anguish, economic losses, pain and suffering, and punitive damages as well. Speak to an experienced anti-terrorism attorney who can help you determine whether you might benefit from filing an anti-terrorism lawsuit.