Sudan Found Liable for 1998 Embassy Bombings as Khartoum Seeks Removal From Terrorism List

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The US Supreme Court has ruled that Sudan must pay damages for the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania by al-Qaeda. The decision comes as Khartoum attempts to get removed from Washington’s list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Court Rules Khartoum Must Pay

On Monday, the US Supreme Court ruled the Sudanese government can be sued for punitive damages as a result of the 1998 bombing of the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam, which were carried out by al-Qaeda, an organization that enjoyed the support of the Sudanese government at the time.

The ruling overturned a lower court’s 2017 decision, reinstating roughly $826 million out of a total of $4.3 billion in punitive damages, Reuters reported.

Two weeks later, then-US President Bill Clinton ordered a series of cruise missile strikes at purported al-Qaeda sites in Afghanistan and Sudan. Dubbed Operation Infinite Reach, the strike that hit al-Shifa, Sudan, did not destroy an al-Qaeda chemical weapons factory, as was believed, but instead annihilated a pharmaceutical factory responsible for half of medicine production in one of the world’s poorest countries.

In response to the Monday Supreme Court decision, the Sudanese Ministry of Justice said in a statement carried by the Sudan News Agency that the country “will remain engaged in negotiations with the United States of America … and to work to fully normalize relations between the two…

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