GOP Senators Unveil Bill to Designate Taliban as Terrorist Organization

Republican senators Wednesday unveiled a bill that aims to direct the State Department to list the Taliban as a terrorist organization and the “illegitimate Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan as a state sponsor of terrorism.”

The Preventing Recognition of Terrorist States Act was introduced by GOP Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Tommy Tuberville, Alabama; Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia; Dan Sullivan, Alaska; Thom Tillis, North Carolina; and Cynthia Lummis, Wyoming, reports The Hill.

In addition, the bill seeks sanctions on foreign actors who “knowingly provide assistance to the Taliban,” while mandating a report to determine if the Taliban “should be designated as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker under the Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act,” and to ensure no taxpayer money goes to foreign terrorist organizations in Afghanistan, according to a statement from Rubio’s office. 

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