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Injured Soldier, Widow Win $102.6 Million Judgment for Afghanistan Attack

February 19, 2006 - Posted at 1:25 p.m. CST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ A soldier wounded in Afghanistan and the

widow of another soldier have been awarded a judgment of more than

102 million dollars from the estate of a suspected al-Qaida

financier.

But the two parties may have a tough time collecting because the

suspected financier's assets are unknown.

While most soldiers have had a hard time identifying their

attackers, Sergeant Layne Morris cited news reports to show who had

wounded him and killed medic Christopher Speer.

The ruling cites similar evidence that the financier was linked

to al-Qaida and trained his son to attack American targets.

The judge in the case says the lawsuit may be the first filed by

an American soldier against terrorists under the Patriot Act.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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