Our actions are focused on targeting the key individuals within the Haqqani: Toner
WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday slapped sanctions against a Haqqani terror network commander, Badruddin Haqqani, but the State Department said it had no plan to designate the Pakistan-based Afghan militant group "a foreign terrorist organization".
“At this point there are no plans to designate the Haqqani Network as a foreign terrorist organization. As you know, we don't generally talk about that process,” the US State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, said.
“Our actions are focused on targeting the key individuals within the Haqqani Network and, again, isolating them, limiting their access to financing and et cetera,” he added.
Badruddin is the son of HQN founder Jalaluddin Haqqani and his brothers are Nasiruddin Haqqani and Sirajuddin Haqqani, all Specially Designated Global Terrorists.
“Our executive order would address any assets that he holds under US jurisdiction. It would freeze them essentially, and also prohibit any US citizens to engage with him in any of these transactions. So, again, this is part of a broader effort, international effort, to cut off his ties, cut off his business dealings, cut of his access to funding, et cetera,” Toner said.
The Haqqani Network is still alive and well and producing suicide bombers and logistics and finance and soldiers in the fight both for Afghanistan, said Congressman Mike Rogers, Chairman, House Select Committee on Intelligence.
“We know that certain ISI members still have sympathy toward the Taliban and certain al-Qaida elements, and the Haqqani Network, which I argue is more like an organized crime family than it is a tribe. You have all of those problems all going on all at the same time. It is a confusing place,” Rogers said at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Washington-based think-tank. (Pajhwok)