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US Designates Daesh Branch in Afghanistan as Terrorist Organization

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The United States has included Afghanistan’s Daesh branch, Khorasan, as a terrorist organization, the State Department announced in a press release on Thursday.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Afghanistan continues to be in political and social turmoil as the Taliban and other extremist organizations such as the Islamic State, also known as Daesh, take advantage of the country’s persistent security gaps and instability.

“The Department of State has announced the designation of ISIL-K [Daesh-Khorasan] as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO),” the release said. “The consequences of the FTO designation include a prohibition against knowingly providing, or attempting or conspiring to provide, material support or resources to this organization.”

The State Department added the terrorist group is based in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and consists of former members of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan and the Afghan Taliban, while its leadership pledged allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

“This pledge was accepted in late January 2015 and since then ISIL-K has carried out suicide bombings, small arms attacks and kidnappings in eastern Afghanistan against civilians and Afghan National Security and Defense Forces, and claimed responsibility for May 2015 attacks on civilians in Karachi, Pakistan,” the release said.

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