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WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday announced it was designating South Asian Al-Qaeda and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leaders as terrorists, vowing action as alarms grow over Afghanistan.

The targeted militants include four leaders of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), a regional branch of the network, including its self-styled “emir” Osama Mehmood.

The United States also designated the number two of the TTP, Mufti Hazrat Deroji, also known as Qari Amjad, whose 15-year campaign of violence has stepped up since the Taliban seized control in neighbouring Afghanistan last year.

US officials say Deroji has overseen operations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, one of two border areas that have borne the brunt of violent attacks.

The designations are “part of our relentless efforts to ensure that terrorists do not use Afghanistan as a platform for international terrorism,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

“We will continue to use all relevant tools to uphold our commitment to see to it that international terrorists are not able to operate with impunity in Afghanistan,” Blinken said.

The State Department and Treasury Department listed the four as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, making it a crime in the United States to engage in transactions with them and blocking any assets they have in the country.

President Joe Biden withdrew US troops from Afghanistan after two decades, saying that no more could be achieved and that the United States could fight militants without boots on the ground.

The United States on July 31 fired two missiles that killed Al-Qaeda’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who had moved into Kabul.

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The United States accused the Taliban of violating assurances it would not offer sanctuary to Al-Qaeda – the initial trigger for the invasion after the September 11, 2001 attacks – although the Taliban separately have been at odds with the even more extreme Islamic State group.

The founder of AQIS, Asim Umar, was killed in a September 2019 raid in Afghanistan’s Helmand province jointly conducted by US forces and the then government.

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Obaid Surmawala Dec 02, 2022 11:31am
Muslims designate USA, GREAT BRITAIN, ISRAEL, INDIA AND EU as GLOBAL MONSTERS and piece of shit on the face of earth
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Obaid Surmawala Dec 02, 2022 11:33am
Absolutely not
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Mir Dec 02, 2022 01:00pm
TTP becomes a global threats. Put pressure on Pakistan and force them to do more actions against terrorism. The current weak Democratic government isn't interested to take serious steps against Terrorism. They rather believe to neglect such serious global issue, therefore Pakistan Army should put back in government to eliminate terrorism. Biden must closely work with Pakistan Military if he seriously wants to combat terrorism.
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