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9/11: US orders Iran, al-Qaida, Taliban to pay $6B

8:04 AM, Jul 31, 2012   |    comments
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NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge has ordered al-Qaida, the Taliban and Iran to pay $6 billion to relatives of Sept. 11 victims for aiding in the 2001 terror attacks.

The ruling is largely symbolic since it would be nearly impossible to collect any damages.

But plaintiff Ellen Saracini tells the Daily News that she is happy about Manhattan Federal Magistrate Judge Frank Maas' ruling Monday. Her husband, Victor, was the captain of one of the planes that struck the World Trade Center.

Last year, Judge George Daniels signed a default judgment on the lawsuit brought by family members of 47 victims. He found al-Qaida, the Taliban and Iran liable and asked the magistrate to determine damages.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has denied any Iranian connection in the attacks.

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com

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