Federal funds have been established to compensate certain U.S. persons who were injured in acts of state-sponsored terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. The funds may compensate certain U.S. individuals and/or their families who suffered as a result of injury or death caused by an Explosively Formed Penetrator (“EFP”), Improvised Explosive Device (“IED”), Rocket-Propelled Grenade (“RFP”), and other terrorist-supplied armaments and munitions in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Persons that were injured or killed by such terrorist-funded or supplied bombs and other munitions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their families, may be entitled to compensation. Congress passed a law to provide compensation to a specific group of international terror victims. Iranian supplied or sponsored terrorist weapons have led to thousands of casualties by U.S. military personnel, contractors, and civilians. Meanwhile the U.S. government has seized funds from or settled with banks and countries that sponsor terrorism. Iran has been linked to using such funds to pay rewards to terrorists who attacked U.S. persons. The U.S. government has established victim compensation funds to provide financial assistance to injured or deceased persons and their families who need the money to lead a normal, productive life despite their loss.
“Throughout the course of the Iraq campaign, a variety of weapons flowed into the country through direct purchases by the government of Iran,” wrote Colonel (ret.) Richard Kemp and Major (ret.) Chris Driver-Williams. “These included Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs), a shaped charge designed to penetrate armor. These weapons – often camouflaged as rocks – were identical to those employed by Hizbullah against Israeli forces. In 2006, the British Telegraph revealed that three Iranian factories were “mass producing” the roadside EFP bombs used to kill soldiers in Iraq.”
“Iran paid Taliban fighters $1,000 for each U.S. soldier they killed in Afghanistan,” they continued. “The Sunday Times reported that a Taliban operative received $18,000 from an Iranian firm in Kabul as reward for an attack in 2010 that killed several Afghan government troops and destroyed an American armored vehicle.”
According to Adm. Mike Mullen, the Chairmen of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time, Shiite militias in Iraq that were backed by Iran used sophisticated weapons, including rocket-boosted mortars and lethal version of IEDs that could pierce armor. The U.S.-led Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) reported that by late 2007, according to the U.S.-led Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), an estimated 21,200 Americans were either wounded or killed by IEDs in Iraq, and the Hizbullah and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-designed EFPs were now the most lethal bomb ever seen in the country. In 2009, General David Petraeus, Commanding General of the Multi-National Force in Iraq stated that Coalition forces were undergoing daily attacks using signature weapons that were only made in Iran.
U.S. persons, including members of the armed forces, and their immediate family members, may be eligible to file a claim if it arises against a state sponsor of terrorism and results from an act of international terrorism. Our firm is currently investigating injuries and deaths that arose because of EFP and IED explosions, such as from “roadside bombs,” as well as other injuries and deaths that arose from RFPs, mortars, and other armaments, which occurred in Iraq and Afghanistan and that can be linked to Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism.
Once a legal claim is filed, a federal judge may determine whether you or the immediate family members of a terrorism victim may recover on a terrorism claim under applicable federal laws. If such an award is granted, the judge may award an amount of money to compensate the terror victim and his or her immediate family members for pain, suffering, medical bills, and future medical and financial needs, among other damages including punitive damages. The court’s judgment may then be presented to one or more funds established by the government for payment. Payments may be made over time, or may occur in one lump sum. There are no guarantees of recovery.
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