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GOP Senators Urge Biden Administration to Designate the Taliban as a Terrorist Organization

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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a military veteran and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, along with a number of her Republican colleagues are urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to take into full consideration the Taliban’s violent actions since seizing complete control of Afghanistan in August and have the United States officially designate the Taliban as a terrorist organization. “We believe the Taliban easily meets all three criteria and urge you to consider designating the Taliban as a foreign terrorist organization and treating them as such to the maximum extent of the law,” the GOP senators said in their letter. The three criteria for making the terrorist designation, under the Immigration and Nationality Act, include that the group in question is a foreign organization; that the group engages in or is capable of engaging in terrorist activity; and that this terrorist activity threatens the security of the United States. …

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