A U.S. federal judge has ordered Iran to pay more than $813 million in damages and interest to the families of 241 US soldiers killed in the 1983 bombing of a Marine barracks in Lebanon, Agence France Press
reported Saturday, July 7. “After this opinion, this court will have issued over $8.8 billion in judgments against Iran as a result of the 1983 Beirut bombing,” Judge Royce Lamberth wrote in a ruling last week. “Iran is racking up quite a bill from its sponsorship of terrorism.” On October 23, 1983, 241 American soldiers, including 220 Marines, were killed in Beirut when a truck packed with explosives rammed through barricades and detonated in front of the U.S. barracks near Beirut’s international airport. The bombing has been blamed on Lebanese Shiite terrorist group Hizballah, which is backed by Iran.