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U.S. House votes to allow 9/11 victims to sue Saudi

PanARMENIAN.Net – The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Friday, September 9 that would allow relatives of victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for compensation — a move the White House has threatened to veto, AFP reports.

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act was approved in the House by unanimous voice vote some four months after its Senate passage — and only two days before the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The government of Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally but also the home nation to 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers, has worked hard to see the bill defeated.

But it now heads to President Barack Obama’s desk, where it faces an uncertain future.

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