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Families of more than 140 U.S. service members and contractors killed or wounded in Afghanistan lawsuit against US and international contractors, with the statement that these companies pay the Taliban for security services-what is the group’s money, which finances later fatal attacks on U.S. troops.
The lawsuit, filed Friday by the families of the 143 troops and contractors killed and wounded, between 2009 and 2017, to damages under the Federal Anti-terrorism law.
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“These men and women worked to rebuild after the invasion in Afghanistan, they were said to be attacked by a Taliban-led terrorist insurgency, the defendant helped finance,” the lawsuit.
According to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the lawsuit, the companies named in the suit contain a wealth of U.S. government contractors, including two of the top contractor for the U.S. Agency for International development. Companies are, allegedly, often the Taliban are paid by local sub-contractors, which are then funneled, in turn, payments or rented, the Taliban guards.
The lawsuit says that the companies were all large Western companies with lucrative companies in the country, and thus allegedly paid to the Taliban, in order to protect their interests against attacks.
“Those who supported protection payments and abetted terrorism by killed directly by insurgents in the financing of al-Qaeda-backed Taliban and injured thousands of Americans,” the lawsuit says.
The filing says that the lawsuit is based on evidence, including interviews with a number of confidential witnesses with direct and indirect knowledge, the company’s internal documents, the shared documents of the government and congressional testimony, and investigations.
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The United States has been in Afghanistan since shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. President Trump has expressed indicated frustration about the war and that he wants to bring a case, US troops home.
The United States and the Taliban opened up again the promise of peace negotiations in December, focus on always be a Taliban, in order to reduce the violence with a lasting ceasefire, as the ultimate goal.
Fox News’ Bill Mears and The Associated Press contributed to this report.