Republicans are increasing pressure on the Biden administration to declare the Taliban a terrorist organization.
sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Wednesday introduced a bill requiring Congress and the Biden administration to designate the Taliban as a foreign terrorist organization and the Afghan government they lead as a state sponsor of terrorism.
The legislation would prohibit federal agencies from taking any action that would include recognition of the Taliban’s claim to sovereignty over Afghanistan, among other priorities.
The Sunshine State Republican also suggests that the State Department report annually on which countries have “diplomatic relations” with the Taliban and whether an entity is “deliberately helping” them.
sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduces a bill on Wednesday requiring Congress and the Biden administration to designate the Taliban as a foreign terrorist organization
The Taliban completed their takeover of Afghanistan last month, ahead of the US withdrawal
Armed Taliban fighters escort veiled women marching during a pro-Taliban demonstration outside Shaheed Rabbani Education University in Kabul on Sept. 11
The State Department does not label the Afghan Taliban as a foreign terrorist organization, but it does sanction the group as “specially designated global terrorists,” freezing their assets and preventing Americans from working with them.
sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., and Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., introduced a solution on Tuesday calling on the State Department to label the Taliban as terrorists and call for the freezing of all Afghan government assets in the US and for other countries to do the same.
The resolution also calls on the department to declare the Taliban takeover a “coup” and to use its “authority and influence” over international institutions to pressure them into denying money to the Taliban.
The Biden administration has misled the American public by trying to normalize the Taliban as a transitional government, but the Taliban continue to engage in terrorist activities, harbor other terrorist groups, commit human rights abuses, deny women basic civil liberties and overthrow a democratic regime. . elected government,” Waltz said in a statement.
“Since restoring control of Afghanistan, the Taliban have resumed the same murderous and oppressive habits that characterized their leadership term before the arrival of US troops in 2001,” a letter from Senator Joni Ernst read above.
In a letter As of Wednesday, Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, led a group of Republicans in writing to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, demanding that he declare the Taliban a terrorist organization.
“Since restoring control of Afghanistan, the Taliban have resumed the same murderous and oppressive habits that characterized their leadership term prior to the arrival of US troops in 2001,” the letter, also signed by GOP Sens. Rick Scott, Fla., Dan Sullivan, Alaska, Tommy Tuberville, Ala.
They argued that the “current version of the Taliban government poses a major threat to the United States.”
The legislative action comes after the Taliban announced their interim government, which has brought many leaders back from the Taliban’s oppressive rule in the 1990s. No woman is part of the interim government and the ministry of women’s affairs has been removed.
Ernst’s letter pointed to the recent appointment of Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, as acting Secretary of the Interior. Haqqani is the founder of the Haqqani Network, which has been designated a terrorist organization by the US.
Biden told reporters last week that the US is still a long way from formally recognizing the Islamist group, while General Mark Milley has said the US could cooperate with the Taliban against the Islamic State. During the withdrawal of Afghanistan, the US relied on the Taliban for security around the Kabul airport.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said earlier this month that the US will “assess the Taliban by their actions” in determining a relationship and that we will “continue to be in close coordination with the international community on any steps we take.”
On Monday, the United Nations said a total of $1.2 billion in emergency aid had been pledged to Afghanistan, of which $64 million came from the US.
The Taliban thanked the world for pledging more than a billion dollars, urging the US to “have a heart” and offer more.