WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge in Washington has levied a multi-billion-dollar fine against Iran for the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut.
Iran has been blamed for supporting the militant group Hezbollah, which carried out the suicide attack. The bombing killed 241 U.S. servicemen.
The ruling allows nearly 1,000 family members and estates to try to collect Iranian assets from various sources around the world. A survivor of the attack says today's ruling gives him "a sense of victory, of winning a battle."
Iran has denied responsibility for the attack. The nation did not respond to the 6-year-old lawsuit and was represented only by an empty table.