The Haqqani Network – to be terrorist, or not to be?

Karen DeYoung reports on the Obama administration’s conflicted view of the powerful Pakistani-based organization the Haqqani network, whose origin dates back to the Cold War.

Proponents, especially from the military, argue that designating the network a terrorist organization is vital for mobilizing against it, and shutting down its international infrastructure. Opponents, especially from the State department, argue the move would be largely symbolic and prevent diplomatic solutions.

The negotiations follow the elimination of the Haqqani network’s third-in-command by a drone strike last week.

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