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H.Con.Res. 13 (114th): Expressing the sense of Congress that the radical Islamic movement in Afghanistan known as the Taliban should be recognized officially as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States Government.


The text of the resolution below is as of Feb 3, 2015 (Introduced). The resolution was not adopted.


IV

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. CON. RES. 13

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 3, 2015

submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of Congress that the radical Islamic movement in Afghanistan known as the Taliban should be recognized officially as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States Government.

Whereas under section 219(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189(a)) an organization is defined as a foreign terrorist organization if the organization is a foreign organization, is engaged in terrorist activity, and its terrorist activity threatens the security of United States nationals or the national security of the United States;

Whereas the Taliban is recognized as a terrorist organization by the Department of the Treasury and the National Counterterrorism Center;

Whereas the Taliban does not appear on the Department of State’s list of foreign terrorist organizations;

Whereas the Taliban provided a safe haven for Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda to conduct planning, training, and operations for the September 11, 2001, attacks, resulting in the deaths of 2,977 innocent persons;

Whereas over 1,800 United States service personnel have been killed in action and over 19,000 wounded in action combating the Taliban during Operation Enduring Freedom;

Whereas the Taliban remains a proven national security threat to the United States;

Whereas the Taliban continues its domestic reign of terror in Afghanistan, being responsible for three-quarters of the civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2014; and

Whereas the Taliban continue to kill United States citizens, murdering three Americans in Kabul on January 29, 2015: Now, therefore, be it

That Congress—

(1)

calls on the Department of State and the Administration to recognize officially the Taliban as a foreign terrorist organization; and

(2)

requests the Secretary of State to designate the Taliban as a foreign terrorist organization under section 219(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189(a)) and impose any and all restrictions and sanctions that apply with respect to such designation.