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9/11 families push ahead in court with new front against Saudi Arabia

9/11 attack victims' names on the perimeter of a reflecting pool at the World Trade Center site in New York, New York, NY, USA on September 11, 2017. (Albin Lohr-Jones/Sipa USA/TNS)
December 08, 2021

The families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks have ramped up their pursuit for justice.

The group filed a motion in the Southern Manhattan federal court Tuesday seeking to sue the Saudi government for supporting charities that propped up al-Qaeda terrorists who attacked the U.S. on 9/11, killing 2,977 people.

They are already pushing ahead with a case against the Saudi government for allegedly supporting the first two hijackers who came to Southern California on Jan. 15, 2000.

The new legal avenue comes after the Second Circuit Appeals Court ruled that “aiding and abetting” provisions can be interpreted more broadly.

“Saudi Arabia must be held accountable for funding al-Qaeda and enabling al-Qaeda to flourish on its dime,” said Terry Strada, the chair of 9/11 Families United, whose husband, Tom, was murdered in the World Trade Center attacks.

The Biden administration is also finally releasing long-sought documents about Saudi links to the 9/11 attacks.

“When you look at how al-Qaeda grew into the deadly terrorist organization that attacked us on 9/11, every trail — money, recruitment, ideology, cover organizations — leads back to Saudi Arabia and the kingdom’s insidious campaign to spread Wahhabi extremism globally,” Strada added. “It is well past time that we require Saudi Arabia to face justice for the full range of its activities that enabled al-Qaeda to attack us on 9/11.”

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