Wednesday, September 1, 2010

State Finally Puts the Taliban on its FTO List

The State Department got some criticism recently for not having included any of the several Taliban groups or individuals on it's list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Today, it listed the largest Taliban umbrella group, the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, and two of its senior leaders, Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali Ur Rehmanwell.

Here's the announcement of TTP's designation, and here is a further announcement of the offer of rewards up to $5 million each for information leading to the location of Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali Ur Rehman.

It was Mehsud’s operatives who attacked the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan, last April, using three vehicle-borne bombs, six attackers, RPGs, rifles, grenades, and explosive charges, and managed to kill at least six Pakistanis and wound 20 others.

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