House votes to label Haqqani Network a terrorist organization
Weapons seized from a Haqqani network camp in Afghanistan
July 17th, 2012
11:11 PM ET

House votes to label Haqqani Network a terrorist organization

By Jamie Crawford

The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday calling on the Obama administration to add a Pakistan-based terror group to the list of organizations designated as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO).

"The Haqqani Network is engaged in a reign of terror in Afghanistan and is the single largest threat for IED's our soldiers face in that country," Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement. "They actively plot and kill U.S. and allied soldiers and routinely harm innocent Afghan civilian men, women and children in their path. To better protect the lives of U.S. soldiers, now is the time for action, not simply paperwork and talk. There is no good reason that this group has not yet been designated."

As CNN's Security Clearance reported last week, the administration has already designated members of the Haqqani leadership as terrorists and subjected them to U.S. sanctions. There is some concern designating the entire group could mean labeling Pakistan a state-sponsor of terror at a time when Pakistan's cooperation is needed as combat operations in Afghanistan come to a close in 2014.

"We are bringing a great deal of pressure to bear on the Haqqanis," Pentagon spokesman George Little said last week. "And we believe that on the Pakistani side of the border, that additional action needs to be taken by the Pakistanis to root out this network of militants that is a menace to Afghanistan and to Pakistan."

The bill was sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, and was brought to the House floor after an amendment was made to Rogers's initial bill that unequivocally declared that Congress believes the network meets the definition of an FTO, and should be designated as one by the State Department.

An FTO designation allows the United States to freeze the group's assets subject to U.S. jurisdiction, and to prosecute individuals aiding or assisting the group with providing material support to terrorism.

The bill now heads back to the Senate for consideration.

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    These Haqqanis were very dear and apple of US eyes during Soviet-Afghan war,but now turned to terrorists. SUCH A DOUBLE STANDARDS!

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  4. OurDogPakistan

    Our Dogs in Pakistan will not be very happy; Haqqanis are plain cloth army for them.

    July 18, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  5. George Patton

    Such is to be expected from this Congress whose members are quite liberal when it comes to throwing away our tax dollars on military spending and foreign aid. Now these useless people are trying to scare us with al-Haqqani and unfortunately, most people in America are dumb enough to fall for it!!!

    July 18, 2012 at 8:45 am | Reply
  6. StanCalif

    More useless busy work coming out of the House! Do they vote again next week on Health Care Reform? The greatest terrorist threat to our nation today is our grid locked, do nothing Congress! Our Fed Chairman made this very clear yesterday! The response from Congress: "Mr. Chairman, get to work"! Meanwhile Congress gets nothing done!

    July 18, 2012 at 7:46 am | Reply
  7. troanother

    Would Michele Bachmann be included in the terrorist investigation. For this Republican is nuts.

    July 18, 2012 at 3:04 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      It's not just Michele, it's now ALL of them! The House has shown it's true colors, only party politics matter. Yesterday, our Fed Chairman rebuked Congress, telling them to "get to work, now!" What was the response? "Mr. Chairman, you get to work" – isn't this just pathetic?

      July 18, 2012 at 7:58 am | Reply

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