What is the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act?
Under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act, any national of the United States, or survivors of that person, may sue for injuries received from an international act of terrorism. Despite the fact that Congress put Iranian sanctions in place which were designed to prohibit Iran from sponsoring terrorism or engaging in terroristic acts, millions, if not billions, were funneled through foreign banks to Iran to fund terrorism. Iran used these funds to arm and train terrorist groups such as Ansar al-Islam, Hezbollah, and other terrorist groups whose only goal was to harm American soldiers and U.S. contractors.
It is believed that at least one-fourth of all United States casualties which occurred during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn were sponsored by Iran, using money which had effectively been “laundered” through at least nine large, foreign banks. These banks were fully aware of what the money was being used for, taking great pains to cover up the fact they were violating U.S. sanctions and the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act. Iran was also the exclusive manufacturer at the time of IEDs, EFPs, RPGs and IRAMs—all weapons which caused severe trauma, injury and death to American soldiers.
Congress designated international terrorism as a serious, deadly problem which threatens the “vital interests of the United States.” Congress then placed sanctions on Iran to stop the country from sponsoring terrorism, or otherwise engaging in terrorist acts, yet according to the initial anti-terrorism lawsuit in 2014, Iran ignored those sanctions, funneling money to terrorist groups. The U.S. sanctions, along with the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), allows U.S. nationals or survivors of U.S. nationals to sue for injuries received from international acts of terrorism, and the ATA makes it a criminal act to knowingly provide material support and/or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations.
IED Explosion Injury Lawsuits
Several different types of ammunitions were used in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including IEDs, EFPs, IRAMs, and RPGs. An IED is an Improvised Explosive Device, which employs a detonating mechanism, and is typically used as a roadside bomb. A large number of coalition deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan were from IED weapons—in fact, it is estimated that IEDs were used in two-thirds of the coalition deaths from the beginning of the Iraq War, through 2007, and in the Afghanistan War from 2001 on. The IEDs were being made in large quantities in Iranian factories, and Iran was directly supporting extremist Shia groups which used IEDs and other high-tech weapons. Service members and U.S. contractors who were severely injured by an IED may be eligible to file an IED explosion injury lawsuit.
EFP Explosion Injury Lawsuits
EFPs are another deadly form of roadside bomb which placed U.S. military service members and contractors at an increased risk of injury and death. Of all the roadside bombs our U.S. troops encountered in war zones, the EFPs were among the most lethal, detonating with a force which is capable of traveling more than one mile per second, and able to breach tank armor 300 feet away. EFPs are constructed of rather commonplace items, such as steel and PVC pipe, then the explosives are sealed with a copper disk—when the weapon detonates, red-hot copper sprays those in the immediate area. In 2007, the Bush administration claimed Iran was responsible for the EFP bombs in the Iraqi war zones, and that Hezbollah learned how to build EFPs from Iran. Service members and U.S. contractors who were severely injured by an EFP may be eligible to file an EFP explosion injury lawsuit.
RPG Explosion Injury Lawsuits
Rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) are shoulder-fired, anti-tank weapons which fire rockets equipped with an explosive warhead. A single soldier can generally carry an RPG; the weapons are attached to a rocket motor which propels the device toward a target. The device is stabilized during flight with fins. Some RPGs are reloadable, while others can only be used once. RPGs are typically loaded from the muzzle. When paired with high explosive anti-tank warheads (HEAT), RPGs are even effective against armored vehicles. Service members and U.S. contractors who were severely injured by an RPG may be eligible to file an RPG explosion injury lawsuit.
IRAM Explosion Injury Lawsuits
IRAMs (Improvised Rocket Assisted Munition) are weapons which were rarely used in Iraq until 2008. IRAMs have rockets which have a longer range, consisting of a canister, a propane cylinder, and C4 plastic explosives attached to a 107 mm rocket. Because of the weight of the IRAM, it is difficult for the rocket to carry it very far. Often, the IRAM launchers and rockets are hidden in the bed of a truck, covered by the sidewalls surrounding the truck bed.
The launchers are strategically placed in the truck beds, set at the perfect angle and pointed in the most-deadly direction for U.S. soldiers and contractors. The driver of the truck usually gets out of the truck and walks away to a certain distance, where he detonates the rockets with a cell phone. Service members and U.S. contractors who were severely injured by an IRAM may be eligible to file an IRAM explosion injury lawsuit.
Speaking to a U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act Attorney
Perhaps you, or someone close to you, was harmed by these banks who were providing funds to Iran, despite sanctions against Iran, making them co-conspirators with Iran. The U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act was willfully violated by these banks, and those who were harmed could benefit from speaking to a United States ATA Attorney. An experienced, skilled ATA lawyer can help with an Iraq war veteran’s lawsuit. These explosion-related lawsuits can benefit those who are recovering from IED, EFP, RPS and IRAM injuries, as well as family members of those who were killed due to bank-sponsored terrorism.