US declares Haqqani network a terrorist body

10:36 AM, Sep 7, 2012   |    comments
An undated photo of Jalaluddin Haqqani, patriarch of the Haqqani network, a fundamentalist Islamic group based near the Afghan border in Pakistan.
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VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. will press on with military and diplomatic pressure against the Haqqani network now that it has declared the Pakistan-based insurgents as terrorists.

Clinton says in a statement that she notified Congress Friday of her intent to designate the Haqqanis a foreign terrorist organization. Congress had set Sunday as the deadline for her to decision.

And Clinton says the U.S. will continue a "robust campaign of diplomatic, military, and intelligence pressure on the network, demonstrating the United States' resolve to degrade the organization's ability to execute violent attacks."

The move has implications, however, for Afghan peace efforts and could test U.S.-Pakistani ties.

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