NEW YORK: US State department’s Bureau of Counter Terrorism has named 12 more foreign organizations as terrorist organization since the last list.
Besides, the US Department Bureau of Counter Terrorism removed 34 organizations from the old two lists.
State department’s press office told banglanews that there are now a total 50 foreign terrorist organizations as they designated as of January 27, 2012.
However, surprisingly the Bangladesh Jamat-e-Islami is not in their new or old the list. Only the Harakat ul-Jihad-i-Islami/Bangladesh (HUJI-B) remain in their both the list.
State department official and press officer Laura M Seal referred the current list of designated foreign terrorist organizations by the US State department’s Bureau of Counter Terrorism to banglanews when replied to the question.
The current list shows the number of foreign terrorist organization got expanded to 50 from 38 in the previous main list.
However, the other 37 organization were in second list which made a total of 75 organizations previously.
Except only the Harakat ul-Jihad-i-Islami or Bangladesh (HUJI-B) no other organization is listed as foreign terrorist organization in the US state department documents.
The state department increased the numbers to the 50 main foreign terrorist organizations. But, they do not have any second or so called third list.
Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) are foreign organizations that are designated by the Secretary of State in accordance with section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended. If the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury, decides to make the designation, Congress is notified of the Secretary’s intent to designate the organization and given seven days to review the designation, as the INA requires.
Upon the expiration of the seven-day waiting period and in the absence of Congressional action to block the designation, notice of the designation is published in the Federal Register, at which point the designation takes effect.
By law an organization designated as an FTO may seek judicial review of the designation in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit not later than 30 days after the designation is published in the Federal Register.
FTO designations play a critical role in fight against terrorism and are an effective means of curtailing support for terrorist activities and pressuring groups to get out of the terrorism business as believed.
The list of designated foreign terrorist organizations, determined by the Secretary of State, plus a list of other terrorist organizations from the “Patterns of Global Terrorism: 2002” report released April 30 showed that foreign terrorist organizations were 38 in main list and additional 37 other organization were in another list.
The bureau of counter terrorism has expanded this list through the years and late on January 27, 2012 the numbers in list reached to 50.
According to the Bureau of counter terrorism new list, 34 names are removed out of total 75. Indian Mujahideen (IM) Jundallah Army of Islam (AOI) Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), three new al-Qaida groups, Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso, SL) are among new nine foreign terrorist organizations.
The new list contains following organization as the designated foreign terrorist organizations by the US state department’s bureau of counter terrorism.
They are Abu Nidal Organization (ANO) Abu Sayaf Group (ASG) Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade (AAMS)Al-Shabaab Ansar al-Islam (AAI) Asbat al-Ansar Aum Shinrikyo (AUM) Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) Communist Party of the Philippines/New People`s Army (CPP/NPA) Continuity Irish Republican Army (CIRA) Gama’a al-Islamiyya (Islamic Group) HAMAS (Islamic Resistance Movement) Harakat ul-Jihad-i-Islami/Bangladesh (HUJI-B)Harakat ul-Mujahidin (HUM)Hizballah (Party of God) Islamic Jihad Union (IJU)Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM) (Army of Mohammed) Jemaah Islamiya organization (JI) Jemmah Anshorut Tauhid (JAT) Kahane Chai (Kach)Kata`ib Hizballah (KH) Kongra-Gel (KGK, formerly Kurdistan Workers` Party, PKK, KADEK), Lashkar-e Tayyiba (LT) (Army of the Righteous) Lashkar i Jhangvi (LJ) Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM)Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK)National Liberation Army (ELN)Palestine Liberation Front (PLF)Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)PFLP-General Command (PFLP-GC)al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI), al-Qa’ida (AQ)al-Qa`ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (formerly GSPC)
Real IRA (RIRA) Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)Revolutionary Organization 17 November (17N), Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C)Revolutionary Struggle (RS)Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso, SL)United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC)Harakat-ul Jihad Islami (HUJI) Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP)JundallahArmy of Islam (AOI) Indian Mujahideen (IM).
BDST: 1941 HRS, APR 11, 2012
Abul Kalam Azad, Newsroom Editor
M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor
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