A U.S. soldier mans a gun at the back gate aboard the helicopter carrying U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis as he arrives via helicopter at Resolute Support headquarters on April 24, 2017 in in Kabul, Afghanistan.
A Taliban official familiar with the on-again, off-again talks taking place in Qatar, confirmed to AP that the release of around 5,000 prisoners of Taliban has been written in to the agreement which is under discussion.
The plaintiffs are the families of 143 US soldiers and contractors who died or were wounded in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2017.
Prior attempts by the Trump administration to secure an agreement had stalled, as the Taliban appeared unwilling to make commitments required by the US. Those intra-Afghan negotiations are expected to be held within two weeks of the signing of a US-Taliban peace deal.
Since then they have travelled to other parts of the country, often marching through areas controlled by the Taliban.
In a statement, a spokesman for Black & Veatch would not comment on the pending litigation but said the company was following the directives of the U.S. government agencies that it worked for. More than 2,400 Americans have died in the almost 18-year conflict.
It has been widely known for years that money from American defense contractors has found its way to local Afghan warlords in the wake of the US invasion of the country. Trump said at the time that Taliban leaders were to travel to the United States for secret peace talks, but after the attack he said the meetings were "dead" and called off the negotiations.
Unbeknownst to nearly everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday. "Our prayers are with them at this hard time". President Trump ended conversations in September following a separate attack, which killed a USA solider and 11 others.
None of the companies immediately responded to phone calls seeking comment.
The Taliban officials familiar with the negotiations spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. Many say they feel caught in the middle of the conflict.
The Anti-Terrorism Act case accuses these corporations of knowingly or recklessly supporting a terrorist campaign that attacked, killed, and wounded thousands of Americans in Afghanistan. Times are going to be very hard over the next few months. The president also stated his desire to reduce the USA troop presence in the country to about 8,600 soldiers.
"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 U.S. military dismissed the Taliban claim as false.