US Senator: Add Haqqani group to terrorist list

September 23, 2011 02:25

WASHINGTON - The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday to formally designate the Pakistan-based Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist group, after US officials accused it of high-profile strikes including last week's attack on the US Embassy in Kabul.

"There is no question that the Haqqani network meets the standards for designation" as a foreign terrorist organization, Senator Dianne Feinstein wrote in a letter to Clinton.

"I repeat my request that the Haqqani network should be listed as an FTO, and ask that you respond in writing," Feinstein wrote.

Despite being one of the most lethal militant groups operating in Afghanistan, the Haqqani network is not on the official State Department list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations, which would subject it to additional sanctions.

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