Judge: Iran Owes US Families $813M
Says money should go to relatives of Marines killed in 1983 Beirut bombing
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2012 7:40 AM CDT
US Marines search through rubble for their missing comrades in Beirut in 1983.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A US court has ruled that Iran owes $813 million to the families of 241 US soldiers killed in the 1983 bombing of a Marines barracks in Lebanon, reports the AFP. The two Beirut bombings on Oct. 23, 1983, which also killed 58 French paratroopers, have been blamed on Hezbollah, a Shiite terrorist group backed by Iran. The judgment is the eighth against Iran related to the attacks, adding up to $8.8 billion in damages.

"Iran is racking up quite a bill from its sponsorship of terrorism," said the Washington judge, adding, "no award—however many billions it contained—could accurately reflect the countless lives that have been changed by Iran's dastardly acts."