Taliban Rages Over U.S. Decision on Terrorist Group
Washington has formally branded the Haqqani network a foreign terrorist organization for its attacks against American and NATO forces and for its role in the Taliban superstructure in Afghanistan. The Taliban’s response? Angry, swift and deadly.
The U.S. decision on the Haqqani group was announced Friday by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and it was seconded by the Defense Department.
The Taliban responded with a suicide attack on Saturday that killed at least eight Afghan civilians near NATO headquarters in central Kabul.
The Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the target had been a C.I.A. safe house and claimed that “five top-level U.S. agents” had been killed. He also rejected a statement by the police in Kabul that the bomber, wearing a suicide vest, had been a young boy.
“There is absolutely no truth in what the Kabul slave administration says about this effective operation by a teenage martyr attacker as he was about 28 year old,” Mr. Mujahid said.
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