Gold Star Families Sue Defense Contractors, Alleging They Funded The Taliban
More than 100 Gold Star families are suing several major defense contractors, alleging they made illegal “protection payments” to the Taliban — thereby funding the Taliban’s insurgency efforts that killed or wounded thousands of Americans in Afghanistan.
It’s illegal under the federal Anti-Terrorism Act to provide material support to the Taliban. The U.S. has warned defense contractors that protection payments are against the law, but according to the lawsuit, the practice has proliferated because defense contractors feel it’s a cost of doing business.
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