Families Sue Saudi Arabia in Terror Attacks

The lawsuit filed on Monday in federal court in Manhattan is the latest effort to hold Saudi Arabia liable for the al Qaida attacks, which killed almost 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

Fifteen of the 19 hijackers involved in the 9/11 attacks came from Saudi Arabia, inspiring victims and their families to seek legal restitution from the foreign nation.

The first 135 pages of the lawsuit list all the plaintiffs in the case - spouses, children, siblings, parents and representatives of those killed in the attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. However it did say there's a "likelihood" that Saudi-government-sponsored charities played a role.

Families of 850 victims who died and the 1,500 injured, are suing the Middle Eastern country's government, accusing it of providing material and financial assistance to al Qaeda in the years leading up to worst ever terrorist attack on United States soil. The plaintiffs are seeking monetary damages, though the amount hasn't been specified, reports NBC 4.

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But the collaboration between Saudi Arabia and Al Qaeda began long before the September 11, 2001 attack, the lawsuit claims.

The bill, called the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, was vetoed by then-President Obama last September.

Relatives of almost 2,000 people killed or wounded in the attacks filed a civil lawsuit against the Saudi government on Monday, alleging ties between the kingdom and plotters and hijackers involved in the event.

Trump's business background and hardline views against Saudi Arabia's regional rival, Iran, have made the billionaire real estate tycoon popular with the kingdom's leadership.

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The families accuses Saudi Arabia of raising and providing money to al-Qaeda for terrorist activities, including terrorist training camps in Afghanistan, safe houses, weapons and false passport and travel documents, according to the lawsuit.

Meanwhile, the lawsuit contends, "Saudi Arabia's charitable organizations and Saudi Arabia's officials, employees and agents continued to provide material support and resources for al Qaeda through and including September 11, 2001". "There's no question they had a hand in the 9/11 attacks", he said.

Michael Kellogg, a Washington-based lawyer representing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, did not respond to a message left at his office Monday evening.

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