White House Does Not Consider Taliban Terrorist Group

Taliban carries out "tactics akin to terrorism," White House says.
2:09 | 01/29/15

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Does the administration consider the Taliban terrorist organization or not they do carry out. Tactics. That are akin to terrorism they do pursue terror attacks. In an effort to try to advance their agenda and by designating them as in the way that you have described. I does allow the United States to put in place. Some financial sanctions against the leaders of that organization. In a way that's been beneficial to our ongoing efforts against pulp. Now what's also true though John is that it's important to draw distinction between the column on an al-Qaeda. The tower Bonn has resorted to terror tactics. But those terror tactics have principally been focused on Afghanistan now the reason that we're concerned about as there obviously are. A significant number of American personnel including American military personnel in Afghanistan. That are in harm's way. A DePalma is a very dangerous organization. And what the president has pursued is a clear strategy. For building up the central government Afghans and Afghanistan in the Afghan security forces that they could be responsible for security in their own country and take the fight to the top on. That however is different than. The strategy that we pursued against al-Qaeda al-Qaeda is a terrorist organization that has aspirations that extend beyond just the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Al-Qaeda and their affiliates around the globe has sought to carry out terror attacks against Americans and American interest all around the globe. And that explains the difference in classification some I'm hearing you correctly you're saying that the Taliban. Engaged in. Quote tactics akin terrorism. But you don't. Actually consider them a terrorist group they have a different classification if a classification that does allow us to pursue financial sanctions against them. I did have succeeded. In limiting their capability that have been affected. We don't home Harris and that is different than an organization like al-Qaeda it has much broader global aspiration. To carry out acts of violence and acts of terror. Against Americans and American interest or on the globe.

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