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The Jerusalem Post REUTERS - A federal judge in Washington, D.C. on Monday ordered Iran to pay $104.7 million to victims of a June 1996 truck bombing in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia that killed 19 US military personnel, though it is unclear when and how the plaintiffs might collect.Chief Judge Beryl Howell entered a default judgment against Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which did not defend against claims over their alleged roles in the attack, which sheared off the front of the Khobar Towers complex.Iran's permanent mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Howell said 15 service members who were at the complex when it was bombed could recover for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.The judge also said 24 relatives could recover for emotional distress from seeing how the bombing affected their loved ones.Howell rejected punitive damages, saying US law...
Washington says it will hold Tehran accountable for attacks by Iran-backed militias after unknown assailants launch rockets at Baghdad green zone, Basra airport amid unrest The Times of Israel By AFP    WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday warned it would hold Iran accountable for any violence attributed to Tehran-allied militias in Iraq that results in damage to US facilities or injures American personnel.“Over the past few days, we have seen life-threatening attacks in Iraq, including on the United States consulate in Basra and against the American embassy compound in Baghdad,” the White House said in a statement. “Iran did not act to stop these attacks by its proxies in Iraq, which it has supported with funding, training, and weapons.”Three mortar shells hit late Friday the ultra-secure green zone in Baghdad, which houses Iraqi authorities and the US Embassy.The rare attack — whose perpetrators remain unidentified — did not cause...
'Terrorism Today Moves at the Speed of Social Media,' FBI Director Says on 9/11 Anniversary Fortune By Renae Reints “Today’s terrorism threat is everywhere, coast to coast, north, south, east, west,” FBI Director Christopher Wray told CBS This Morning in an interview aired Tuesday, the seventeenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.While noting that “we’re safer” than we were in 2001, Wray said that terrorism has “evolved.”“I think the threat, today’s terrorism threat, still includes sleeper cells, Al Qaeda, all the kind of major terrorist organizations that you would think of,” Wray told CBS, “but we’re also very focused now on homegrown violent extremists, which are people who are largely here already, in the United States.”According to Wray, of the FBI’s nearly 5,000 terrorism investigations within the past year, 1,000 have been homegrown violent extremists.The Bureau has thwarted a number of terrorist attacks recently, including one aimed at the San...

The 9/11 hijackers who lived among us in Palm Beach County

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Palm Beach Post By Eliot Kleinberg Editor’s note: This story was originally published Sept. 9, 2016. DELRAY BEACH — On a July night 15 years ago, in Delray Beach, a police officer stopped a motorist for speeding. He let the man go with a warning.“Take a minute and consider how your careless driving affects the people you share these streets with and try to help make our streets a safer place to be,” the written warning read.Nine weeks later, Mohamed Atta flew an airplane into a building.In the summer leading up to the deadly terrorist attacks, 12 of the 19 hijackers who commandeered and crashed four jetliners on Sept. 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people, lived in or had connections to Palm Beach County. Nearly the entire crew of the two jets that brought down the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center were here.They shopped at Target...

Why 9/11 still matters today, 17 years later

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The Post and Courier by Robert Behre No one in the Lowcountry has lived 9/11 quite like Joe Daniels has.Daniels was named the new CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum planned at Patriots Point earlier this year, not long after finishing up almost 12 years as president and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. He was drawn to that New York project because, on the morning just after the first passenger plane slammed into the World Trade Center, he was exiting a nearby subway.He vividly recalls all sorts of details from that tragic day, and his career would be steered into a position where he would hear firsthand so many 9/11 stories from so many others.Seventeen years later, Daniels said 9/11 should remind everyone that the United States, so long protected by two vast oceans, remains vulnerable. And that one of...