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    BERLIN (AP) — The United States has removed five extremist groups, all believed to be defunct, from its list of foreign terrorist organizations. In notices published in the Federal Register on Friday, the State Department said it had removed the groups after a mandatory five-year review of their designations. Al-Qaida, which was also up for review, was kept on the list, which was created under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, or INA. “Our review of these five FTO designations determined that, as defined by the INA the five organizations are no longer engaged in terrorism or terrorist activity and do not retain the capability and intent to do so,” the State Department said in a statement. “Therefore, as required by the INA, these FTO designations are being revoked.” Several of the removed groups once posed significant threats, killing hundreds if not thousands of people across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The decision was politically sensitive for the Biden administration and the countries in which the organizations operated. It may draw criticism from victims and their families. The organizations...
    BERLIN (AP) — The United States is poised to remove five extremist groups, all believed to be defunct, from its list of foreign terrorist organizations, including several that once posed significant threats, killing hundreds if not thousands of people across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Although the groups are inactive, the decision is politically sensitive for the Biden administration and the countries in which the organizations operated, and could draw criticism from victims and their families still dealing with the losses of loved ones. The organizations include the Basque separatist group ETA , the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo, the radical Jewish group Kahane Kach and two Islamic groups that have been active in Israel, the Palestinian territories and Egypt. The U.S. State Department notified Congress on Friday of the moves, which come at the same time as an increasingly divisive but unrelated debate in Washington and elsewhere about whether Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard should or can be legally removed from the U.S. list as part of efforts to salvage the languishing Iran nuclear deal. That designation, which was imposed...
    Two resolutions were introduced in the House and Senate Tuesday by Republicans Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Rep. Mike Waltz of Florida, calling on the State Department to designate the Afghan Taliban as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO.) STATE DEPT DENIES TALIBAN CLAIM THAT US BLACKLIST OF NEW LEADERSHIP VIOLATES DOHA AGREEMENT "Designating the Taliban as a Foreign Terrorist Organization will make it harder for countries to provide them aid and recognition," Graham said in a statement.  "We would be sending a strong signal that America does not do business with terrorist groups and their sympathizers.  "The Taliban are radical jihadists in every sense of the word and use terror as their tactic," he added. Under George W. Bush the Taliban was designated as a terrorist organization on Sept. 23, 2001 for allowing safe haven to Usama bin Laden and al-Qaeda.  But by July 2, 2002, Bush revoked the designation due to the "significantly altered" situation in Afghanistan following the "success of the military campaign" there.  A State Department spokesperson declined to comment on the resolutions introduced Tuesday....
    Surfside residents survived a condo collapse. Their next test? Insurers Man killed in Arizona, two more injured after massive swarm of bees attack The International Olympic Committee is facing outcry after it allowed an alleged member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to compete and win gold at the Tokyo Olympics. Javad Foroughi secured the gold medal in the 10-meter air pistol on Saturday, the first and only medal so far for Iran in Tokyo. In the days since, international critics, including some from Iran, have accused Foroughi, 41, of being a member of IRGC, a powerful ideological Iranian military branch that answers directly to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Activist group: Foroughi's medal a 'catastrophe' © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Iran's Javad Foroughi celebrates his gold medal in air pistol, but not everyone is. (Reuters/Ann Wang) An activist group called United for Navid called Foroughi's gold medal a "catastrophe" and demanded an IOC investigation. The group is named for Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari, whom the state executed in 2020 after he participated in anti-government protests. Afkari was convicted...
    A member of the far-right militia, Boogaloo Bois, walks next to protestors demonstrating outside Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Metro Division 2 just outside of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 29, 2020. LOGAN CYRUS/AFP via Getty Images On Wednesday, at a US District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Benjamin Ryan Teeter, a 22-year-old self-described member of the right-wing paramilitary Boogaloo Bois group, pleaded guilty to charges that he sought to sell weapons to Hamas. In court, Teeter added that he and co-defendant Robert Solomon hoped Hamas, which is designated by the US as a terrorist group, would help them "exit the country and open a training facility" for the Boogaloo Bois.  "This case highlights the real threat posed by domestic violent extremists who self-radicalize and threaten to violently attack others opposed to their views, with little or no warning," said Michael Paul, special agent in charge of the FBI's Minneapolis field office.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A self-described member of the far-right extremist Boogaloo Bois group pleaded guilty today to conspiracy charges to provide weapons and...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday designated the Bahrain-based Saraya al-Mukhtar group as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, accusing it of being an Iran-backed terrorist organization and of having plotted attacks against U.S. personnel in Bahrain. "Saraya al-Mukhtar is an Iran-backed terrorist organization based in Bahrain, reportedly receiving financial and logistic support from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. (Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis and Lisa Lambert) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Iran, International Atomic Energy Agency, United States, Middle East, international trade, BahrainGalleriesNewsCartoons on President Donald TrumpPhotosPhotos: Daily Life, DisruptedPhotosArmenia-Azerbaijan Conflict EscalatesNewsThe Week in Cartoons: Dec. 7-11RecommendedAmerica 2020McConnell Acknowledges Biden WinWorld ReportPutin Congratulates BidenHealth NewsPoll: Most Americans Willing to Get VaccineCities The Most Dynamic Metro AreasBest CountriesCountries with Most Detained JournalistsCoronavirus Bulletin Stay informed daily on the latest news and advice on COVID-19 from the editors at U.S. News & World Report.Sign UpSign in to manage your newsletters »You May Also LikeThe 10 Worst PresidentsNot all U.S. presidents are missed once they leave the White House.U.S. News StaffDec. 19,...
    VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania on Thursday designated the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group as a terrorist organization and issued a 10-year ban on all individuals related to the Iran-backed group from entering the Baltic nation’s territory. “After receiving valuable information from our foreign partners, we can assume that Hezbollah is functioning on the principles of terrorist organization,” Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said. Linkevicius added, without elaborating, that some persons with the Iran-backed organization also pose threat to Lithuania’s national security. Hezbollah emerged as a ragtag guerrilla group in the 1980s, funded by Iran to battle Israeli troops occupying southern Lebanon. A protracted guerrilla war, characterized by roadside bombs and sniper attacks, eventually forced Israel to withdraw in May 2000. With the exception of an inconclusive, monthlong war in 2006, the volatile frontier has largely remained calm. The U.S. and Israel, along with Britain, Germany, the Arab League and Gulf Arab states have also designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. The European Union has only designated the group’s military wing as terrorist, in the aftermath of an attack on a tourist...
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