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U.S. Judge Awards $44 Million Of Iranian Money To '83 Beirut Attack Victims

U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth has awarded $44.6 million to two servicemen who were injured in the deadly 1983 suicide truck-bombing of the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut.

Jeffrey Paul O'Brien and Daniel Lane Gaffney were injured in the attack, in which their lawsuit claimed Iran played a role.

The attack killed 241 servicemen.

O'Brien and Gaffney were each awarded some $6.7 million. Family members would also receive compensation.

Lamberth said the court "applauds plaintiffs' persistent efforts to hold Iran accountable for the cowardly support of terrorism."

It was unclear how the plaintiffs and their families would receive the money, but Joseph Drennan, the lawyer for O'Brien and Gaffney, said he believed the judgment would be enforced against blocked Iranian assets in the United States.

Based on reporting by AP

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