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U.S. in Uncomfortable Spot Backing Sudan at Supreme Court

Nov. 6, 2018, 9:31 AM

The U.S. government will argue Wednesday at the Supreme Court against sailors and family members of those killed in the 2000 USS Cole bombing.

The al Qaeda attack against the guided missile destroyer in Port of Aden, Yemen, killed 17 U.S. sailors and injured 42 others.

On the line in the technical dispute is whether the plaintiffs can recover a $314.7 million default judgment against Sudan, which they claim supported the terrorists who carried out the attack. Another multi-million-dollar award against Sudan hangs in the balance.

The “United States deeply sympathizes with the extraordinary injuries suffered by” those victims and ...