1. SECRETARY OF STATE

    U.S. to Designate Haqqani Terrorists

    FILE- In this Aug. 22, 1998 file photo, Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the militant group the Haqqani network, speaks during an interview in Miram Shah, Pakistan. The U.S. fired scores of missiles into its Pakistani safe haven over the last two years and made stopping its operations a top priority. Yet the Haqqani militant network has thrived and is now considered the No. 1 threat to American troops in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Mohammed Riaz, File)

    Mohammed Riaz, File / AP Photo

    The Haqqani network, a brutal Taliban-linked militant group based in Pakistan, was officially designated a terrorist organization by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday. In a detailed report delivered to Congress, Clinton indicated that the Haqqanis, a Pashtun tribe who run an organization “comparable to a mafia group,” meet the criteria to be considered a terrorist organization. A rising terror threat for the past year, the group has been blamed for recent high-profile attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan. A formal designation by Congress will likely happen in the next few days.

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