Thursday, May 19, 2022

Biden Administration to Remove 5 Terror Groups From Blacklist; Biden Removing 5 Organizations from Terror Blacklist, Despite Thousands of Deaths

Biden administration to remove 5 terror groups from blacklist
President Joe Biden's administration is set to remove five extremist groups from its foreign terrorist blacklist.
Each of the groups is now considered defunct, and Secretary of State Tony Blinken notified Congress of the removals on Friday, according to a copy of the document independently obtained by Fox News Digital.
The groups include Basque Fatherland and Liberty, also known as ETA; Aum Shinrikyo, a Japanese doomsday cult; Kahane Kach, a radical Orthodox Jewish group, as well as two Islamic groups, the Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem, and Gama'a al-Islamiyya, according to the notification.
The removal comes as the Biden administration faces criticism for considering the removal of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the blacklist as part of nuclear deal negotiations. --->READ MORE HERE
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Biden Removing 5 Organizations from Terror Blacklist, Despite Thousands of Deaths:
The United States is poised to remove five extremist groups, all believed to be defunct, from its list of foreign terrorist organizations — including several that once posed significant threats, killing hundreds if not thousands of people across Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Although the groups are inactive, the decision is politically sensitive for the Biden administration and the countries in which the organizations operated and could draw criticism from victims and their families still dealing with the losses of loved ones.
The organizations include the Basque separatist group ETA, the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo, the radical Jewish group Kahane Kach and two Islamic groups that have been active in Israel, the Palestinian territories and Egypt.
The U.S. State Department notified Congress on Friday of the decision, which comes at the same time as an increasingly divisive but unrelated debate in Washington and elsewhere about whether Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard should or can be legally removed from the U.S. list as part of efforts to salvage the languishing Iran nuclear deal.
That designation, which was imposed by the Trump administration, was not mentioned in Friday’s notifications.
In separate notices to lawmakers, the State Department said the terrorism designations for the five groups will be formally removed when the determinations are published in the Federal Register, which is expected this coming week.
Copies of the notifications, all of which were signed by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday, were obtained by The Associated Press.
The general reason for the removals is identical in each of the cases: Blinken asserted that they were based on an administrative review of the designations, which by law is required every five years. --->READ MORE HERE
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