GOP Senators Urge the State Department to Name the Taliban as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about infrastructure investment at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering in College Park, MD, U.S., August 9, 2021. Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERS

On Wednesday, a group of GOP Senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken urging the State Department to designate the Taliban, which overtook Afghanistan in recent weeks, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

“Since reestablishing control of Afghanistan, the Taliban resumed the same murderous and oppressive habits that characterized their leadership tenure prior to the arrival of U.S. forces in 2001,” the letter, which was helmed by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IO), said. “Even as the administration concluded the withdrawal of U.S. and allied forces from Afghanistan, we saw public attacks on individuals, beatings of women and girls, and search teams actively pursuing allies and partners.”

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SOURCE: Christian Headlines, Kayla Koslosky

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