Friday, May 11, 2012

U.S. lawmakers want Pakistan network to be dubbed terrorists

Democratic and Republican leaders of the congressional oversight committees are urging the Obama administration to formally designate Pakistan’s Haqqani Network a terrorist organization, something the lawmakers said the State Department has been reluctant to do while it pursues negotiations with the Taliban. The Haqqani network is now allied with the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and has carried out a number of attacks against American troops and facilities, most recently, officials say, an April 16 attack against the U.S. Embassy and other buildings in Kabul, Afghanistan. Members of the group, which is believed by U.S. officials to have ties to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, have frequently been targeted by CIA drone strikes.

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