Ex-FBI agent's family sues Iraq for 9/11

Sept. 3, 2003 at 9:07 PM

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- A lawsuit filed in Washington, D.C., accused Iraq of playing a major role in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

The suit was filed by the family of John O'Neill, who was once described as America's foremost expert on terrorism. It accuses Iraq of providing the al-Qaida terrorist network with money, training, and material support.

The New York Sun said O'Neill, a flamboyant one-time FBI agent, died in the attack on the trade center, where he had started working as the Port Authority's chief of security two weeks earlier.

The 70-page complaint alleges connections between Iraq and al-Qaida dating to the 1990s, when it says Iraq began actively supporting al-Qaida operations by providing intelligence, training, weapons, supplies, passports, travel documents, and financial support.

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