Republican Sen. Richard Burr Friday praised the final passage of his bill declaring the designation of the Haqqani Network as a terrorist organization.
The Haqqanis have been held responsible for a number of high profile attacks on Afghanistan including a Sept. 10, 2011 truck bomb that injured 77 U.S. Troops, a Sept. 13, 2011 attack on the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters in Kabul in which nine people were killed, and a June attack on a civilian hotel in Afghanistan that left 20 people dead.
“The Haqqani's are violent, ruthless, indiscriminate in their killing, and worst of all, they are well organized and well trained,” Burr said in a statement. “This is a group who routinely targets civilians and uses murder as an intimidation tactic against the Afghan people.''
By designating a group as a terrorist organization, the United States can more actively pursue them limit their financial, property and travel interests.