WASHINGTON (AP) -- The families of three American soldiers killed during a brazen attack in Iraq are suing the Iranian government for allegedly orchestrating the raid.
Filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington, the lawsuit says Lt. Jacob Fritz, Specialist Johnathan Chism, and Private First Class Shawn Falter were taken prisoner and then killed in January 2007 by Iranian-backed Hezbollah agents and the Khazali network, an Iraqi militant group.
The lawsuit says Iran directed the assault on the provincial headquarters in Karbala as retaliation for the arrest of Iranian agents operating in Iraq by U.S. forces.
Gunmen posing as a U.S. security team carried out the attack. They traveled in black SUVs, had American-style weapons, wore new U.S. military combat fatigues, and spoke English.
The lawsuit seeks about $200 million in damages.