October 1, 2016

9/11 widow sues Saudi after congress override

The widow of a 9/11 victim has filed a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia. The lawsuit comes after Congress paved the way for suing the Saudi government over alleged involvement in terrorist attacks in the US.

The woman who lost her husband at the 2001 attack on the Pentagon sued the kingdom for allegedly providing material support to al-Qaeda and its leader, Osama bin Laden. Fifteen of the 19 men who hijacked airliners used in the 9/11 attacks were Saudi nationals.

Newly released portions of a congressional inquiry suggest the hijackers may have been linked to some Saudi officials. On Wednesday, US Congress overwhelmingly overruled President Barack Obama's veto of a bill allowing relatives of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government.

The Obama and top Pentagon officials say the legislation could put US troops and interests at risk. But the law is backed by the families of nearly three-thousand people killed in the terrorist attacks.


Obama Vetoed 9/11 Bill to Preserve U.S. Impunity (video) - TRNN

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