Many of these dollars will line the pockets of Iran’s radical Revolutionary Guard Corps. The IRGC, through its paramilitary Quds Force, has funded some of the world’s most violent Islamic terrorist groups and has left in its wake decades of bombings, hijackings, murders and kidnappings.
Hundreds of Americans are among Iran’s victims. Courts have found Iran complicit in some of the most horrific acts of terror in American history, including the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, and the 9/11 attacks.
Federal law allows the victims of state-sponsored terrorism to bring suit against the nations responsible. To date, American courts have awarded some$43.5 billion in damages to Iran’s victims and their families, all of which has gone unpaid.
In other words, Iranian hardliners will soon get a multi-billion dollar payday — while Americans who suffered at the hands of Iran and its terrorist allies still await compensation for the damages incurred.
That’s why I’ve introduced the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act.The legislation requires the Obama Administration to certify that Iran has paid every penny it owes its victims before it receives any sanctions relief.
Every American victimized by Iran and its agents has a story to tell. Many of them, or their families, have successfully brought suit in federal court and been awarded damages.
Below are just some of the victims that have been awarded judgments by U.S. courts:
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