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 global financial institutions in direct violation of 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 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. 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
If you are an Iraq War Veteran or an Afghanistan War Veteran injured in combat, or a military contractor injured during the Iraq War or Afghanistan War, or a Gold Star Family Member who lost a loved one in the Iraq War or Afghanistan War, you may be entitled to compensation. Speaking to an experienced United States Anti-Terrorism Act Lawyer can help you with the evaluation of your potential Iraq War Injury Lawsuit. These explosion-related injury lawsuits can potentially benefit those who are recovering from IED, EFP, RPS and IRAM injuries, as well as family members of those who were killed due to terrorism.