GOP lawmakers urge Blinken to designate Taliban a terrorist organization

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (RSC) and Rep. Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) introduced resolution Tuesday calling on Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to designate the Taliban a terrorist organization and to seize all of Afghanistan’s government assets in the US Gaya.

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why it matters: Then-President George W. Bush signed an executive order Listed the Taliban as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity” in 2002. but does not appear on the group state department list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs).

  • Bush’s order focused on “narrowly dealing with financial transactions, lack of teeth” of an FTO listing, Per AFP.
  • Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is wanted by the FBI for terrorism crimes and leader of the Haqqani network – designated an FTO by the US – is the acting interior minister of the all-male interim Afghan government.

What are they saying: Graham said in a statement Designating the Taliban as an FTO “will make it harder for countries to provide aid and recognition to them.”

  • “We are sending a strong signal that the United States does not do business with terrorist groups and their sympathizers,” he said.
  • Waltz said in a joint statement that the Taliban “continues to engage in terrorist activities, harbors other terrorist groups, oppresses human rights, deprives women of their basic civil liberties, and leads to a democratically elected government.” overthrows it.”
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On the other end: A State Department spokesman said in an emailed statement that it would not comment on pending legislation, but noted that the US had amended Bush’s order. join the taliban for contracting certain designated persons and entities.”

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