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Monday, March 14, 2011

Federal judge held Sudan liable for USS Cole bombing
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On March 14, 2007, a federal judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia held Sudan liable in the 2000 al-Qaeda bombing of the USS Cole. US District Judge Robert Doumar stated that there was "substantial evidence" that the government of Sudan "induced the particular bombing of the Cole by virtue of prior actions" and moved the civil suit brought by the families of seventeen US sailors killed in the bombing to the damages phase. Doumar later held Sudan liable for $7.96 million to the families of those killed in the attack.

Sudanese coat of arms

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