On Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton formally designated the Haqqani network, a militant organization responsible for a slew of deadly attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan, a terrorist group. The move puts increased pressure on Pakistan to crack down on the group, which has bases near the porous Afghan-Pakistani border. Several members of the Obama administration had reportedly objected to the decision, arguing that it could further strain ties with Pakistan and jeopardize nascent peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government. The Obama administration had been under pressure to make a decision before a Sept. 9 deadline set by Congress.
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