US to designate Haqqani network as terrorists
The Obama administration will formally designate the Pakistan-based Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization in a complicated political decision as the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan and pushes for a reconciliation pact to end more than a decade of warfare.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton signed a report to Congress Friday morning stating that the Taliban subsidiary meets "the statutory criteria for designation as a foreign terrorist organization", just before leaving Brunei for regional meetings in Russia. U.S. officials say the designation will take effect in seven to 10 days.
Enraged by a string of high-profile attacks on U.S. and NATO troops, Congress gave Clinton a Sunday deadline to deliver her report. Clinton's decision comes amid numerous disagreements within the administration about the utility of the designation.