As U.S. Mencap Haqqani terrorist network in Afghanistan
Washington - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify in a Congressional and labeled the Haqqani network based in Pakistan as a terrorist organization.
"Today, I have sent a report to Congress and said that the Haqqani network meets the legal criteria of the Act Immigration and Nationality (INA) for appointment as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO)," the top U.S. diplomat said in a statement.
"Based on that assessment, I told Congress that I mean to designate Haqqani network as FTO under the INA," said Clinton, who is now in Vladivostok, Russia in the event an annual forum of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).
"I also intend to designate organizations as terrorist entities in the Global Executive Order 13224."
By taking that step, Clinton met with the deadlines set by Congress to make a decision about whether going to blacklist the group.
The decision was made ??based on the strategy and the overall U.S. agenda in Afghanistan, which consists of five elements, namely the ability of Afghanistan to combat militants, transition security tasks, build partnerships with Afghanistan, Afghan-led reconciliation pursuit, and develop an international consensus statement by Clinton .
After giving the terrorist designation, the U.S. government banned any support or engage in transactions with the Haqqani network. This group assets under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.
Washington has targeted key members of this group to be penalized, which is associated with several deadly attacks against U.S. forces and NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan.
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