Private security firms, telecom companies, and many others who operated in Afghanistan are being sued by wounded US service people and the surviving families of those killed serving.
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The lawsuit claims that it was a common practice for companies to illegally pay the Taliban for 'protection'. "Defendants were all large Western companies with lucrative businesses in post-9/11 Afghanistan, and they all paid the Taliban to refrain from attacking their business interests," according to the complaint.
The suit alleges that payments made to the al-Qaeda-backed Taliban enabled attacks against US forces which resulted in injury or death.
A statement from one of the companies being sued said, "The company followed the directives of the US government agencies that we served" in Afghanistan.