Clinton considers blacklisting Haqqanis
WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Tuesday voiced concern about the Haqqani network and said it was studying whether to designate the group as terrorists after strong appeals by Congress.
US President Barack Obama's administration has repeatedly demanded that Pakistan rein in the terrorist group active in Afghanistan and has targeted its members, but has stopped short of putting the network on the terror blacklist. Obama on Friday signed a law -- approved with overwhelming support of both parties in Congress -- that gave 30 days to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to determine if the Haqqani network meets the criteria of a terrorist group.
|I don't know exactly what it is that Hillary is considering, but then again, I'm also not the next coming of John Foster Dulles...|
"We share the grave concern of the Congress with regard to the activities of the Haqqani network," US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.
As for whether Clinton will designate the Haqqani network as terrorists, Nuland said without elaborating, "She's considering right now and reviewing the issue."
US officials have linked the Haqqani network to some of the most sensational attacks in Afghanistan, including a June assault on a hotel near Kabul.
Posted by: Steve White