The Obama administration is weighing whether to officially designate the Haqqani network, an insurgent group that operates along the porous Afghan-Pakistani border, a terrorist entity, a move that could deepen tensions with the U.S.'s nominal ally Pakistan. Such a designation would impose sanctions on the group, which has been blamed for several bombing attacks in Afghanistan in recent years, including ones that targeted American installations. Analysts say the move could take the U.S. a step closer to naming Pakistan a sponsor of state terrorism, since the country has failed to crack down on the Haqqani network. There are also concerns that it would derail nascent peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, a process that Pakistan is deeply interested in. The White House has until September 9 to make a decision, as mandated by Congress.
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