Sen. Joni Ernst leads senators in asking Blinken to designate Taliban as foreign terrorist organization
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Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, on Wednesday led a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken asking him to designate the Taliban as a terrorist organization.
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, on Wednesday led a group of senators in sending a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken asking him to designate the Taliban as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The Taliban, a Sunni Islamist nationalist group, recently regained control of Afghanistan after the Biden administration ordered a full withdrawal of the U.S. military from the country following 20 years of war. "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 senators wrote. "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." The senators added that the most concerning aspect of the group and its control over Afghanistan "is that among those beaten and chased by Taliban forces were American citizens and their families still living in Afghanistan." Republican Sens. Rick Scott of Florida, Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama signed the letter. TOP INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS SAY AL-QAEDA COULD REBUILD IN AFGHANISTAN IN ONE…