GOP Lawmakers Call On State Department To Designate Taliban As Terrorist Group

GOP Lawmakers Call On State Department To Designate Taliban As Terrorist Group

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Two resolutions were introduced in the House and Senate Tuesday by Republicans Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Rep. Mike Waltz of Florida, calling on the State Department to designate the Afghan Taliban as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO.)

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“Designating the Taliban as a Foreign Terrorist Organization will make it harder for countries to provide them aid and recognition,” Graham said in a statement.  “We would be sending a strong signal that America does not do business with terrorist groups and their sympathizers. 

“The Taliban are radical jihadists in every sense of the word and use terror as their tactic,” he added.

Under George W. Bush the Taliban was designated as a terrorist organization on Sept. 23, 2001 for allowing safe haven to Usama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. 

But by July 2, 2002, Bush revoked the designation due to the “significantly altered” situation in Afghanistan following the “success of the military campaign” there. 

A State Department spokesperson declined to comment on the resolutions introduced Tuesday.

The Biden administration has said they will continue to watch how the Taliban govern Afghanistan and have warned them not to allow it to become another breeding ground for terrorist activity. 

Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also known as the Pakistani Taliban, was designated as a FTO by the secretary

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