On December 22, 2006, a judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia held the Iranian government liable for damages and compensation to families of American victims of the 1996 Khobar Towers attacks totaling $254 million. The Khobar Towers were a US military housing compound in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Nineteen Americans were killed in the truck bomb explosion, undertaken by a Saudi group allied with Hezbollah. The ruling allowed the families to gain access to Iranian assets seized in the US.
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