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The Haqqani Network Blacklisted

Sep 11th, 2012 Current Affairs, defenses

The New York Times reports that the Obama Administration has backed a decision to designate the Haqqani network a terrorist organization. The militant group is believed to be responsible for deadly attacks against American troops in Afghanistan, notably the suicide attacks on the American and Indian Embassies in Kabul, as well as attacks on the International Security Assistance Force, which is led by NATO.

According to the Times, officials have expressed mixed feelings about the designation. On one hand, military officials believe blacklisting the Haqqani network is a strategic move that will deplete the flow of funds from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to the organization. These officials hope to pressure Pakistan into going on the offensive against the Haqqani network. The article explains that the organization’s interests are fairly extensive in the Middle East, “stretching from Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the Persian Gulf,” quoting Jeffrey Dressler of the Institute for the Study of War.

On the other hand, some White House officials are apprehensive about what this could mean for the already strained U.S. relations with Pakistan. Specifically, senior officials are concerned about undermining peace talks with the Taliban and endangering Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier currently being held by the militants.

Although National Security Council and State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland declined to comment on the situation, reports have indicated that the government is proceeding with the terrorist designation.

You can find the original article by the New York Times here.

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