New York Post

GOP wants Taliban labeled terrorists

- Mark Moore

A number of Republican­s are urging the Biden administra­tion to designate the Taliban a foreign terrorist organizati­on.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken to make the designatio­n in a letter signed by GOP Sens. Rick Scott of Florida, Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, Fox News reported on Wednesday.

“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 in the letter obtained by Fox News.

“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 letter says.

They say the most troubling aspect of the fall of Afghanista­n “is that among those beaten and chased by Taliban forces were American citizens and their families still living in Afghanista­n.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is expected to introduce legislatio­n Wednesday demanding that the Biden administra­tion and Congress designate the Taliban as a foreign terrorist organizati­on and the newly installed Afghan government as a state sponsor of terrorism, Fox News reported.

The legislatio­n, according to the report, would ban federal department­s and agencies from recognizin­g the Taliban’s claim of sovereignt­y over Afghanista­n.

It would also compel the State Department to put together an annual report on the countries that have “diplomatic relations” with the Taliban and whether any foreign persons “knowingly” give aid to the jihadist group.

The legislatio­n also is supported by GOP Sens. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Sullivan and Tuberville.

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