Veterans and families of American soldiers killed or injured in Iraq between 2005 and 2009 are suing several big name drug companies, alleging they violated the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act by engaging in corrupt business dealings with Iraqi militants who were attacking U.S. soldiers. The corporate defendants include subsidiaries of AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Roche. The lawsuit alleges the companies bribed officials in the Iraqi Ministry of Health in order to obtain “lucrative contracts” to sell their drugs to the ministry; at that time the ministry was controlled by the Mahdi militia, a Shiite group that regularly attacked U.S. forces. According to the lawsuit, the drug companies’ “corrupt payments…aided and abetted terrorism in Iraq by directly financing an Iran-backed, Hezbollah-trained militia.” The bribes helped the Mahdi militia “buy weapons, training, and logistical support for its terrorist attacks,” the lawsuit claims, attacks that “likely killed more than 500 Americans and wounded thousands more.”
Source: Washington Post.