Baghdad: In the wake of the recently approved bill by US Congress allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for damages, Iraqis use ‘Sue the Saudis’ 9/11 Bill to sue US for 2003 Invasion.
Following US’s example, the ‘Arab Project in Iraq’ lobby group is now seeking to “ask for compensation from the United States over violations by the US forces following the US invasion that saw the toppling of late President Saddam Hussein in 2003,” Al-Arabiya reported Saturday.
The Iraqi group is the first to take advantage of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), aka Sue the Saudis Bill, to demand full compensation from the US over “violations by the U.S. forces.”
Citing how the US Congress has given its civilians the opportunity to get compensation from “individuals” and “foreign nations” over their alleged terrorist act in the US, the group said Iraqis deserved the same treatment.
The group is pushing for “a full-fledged investigation over the killing of civilians targets, loss of properties and individuals who suffered torture and other mistreatment on the hand of US forces.”
The move came after JASTA was passed by US Congress that would allow families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia over its “ties to terrorism.”
The first US lawsuit was filed by Stephanie Ross DeSimone under JASTA, when her husband, a Navy Commander, lost their life during the attack on the Pentagon.
Saudi Arabia has repeatedly denied any culpability for the 9/11 attacks.
It has warned that it might be forced to sell off billions of US assets to avoid sanctions if JASTA became law, a move which would upset the stability of the US dollar, as per Sputnik reports.
“Saudi Arabia would be forced to sell up to $750 billion in Treasury securities and other assets in the United States before they could be in danger of being frozen by American courts,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told the US Congress in March, the New York Times reported.