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FILE- In this Aug. 22, 1998, file photo, Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the militant group the Haqqani network, speaks during an interview in Miram Shah, Pakistan. The Obama administration faces a weekend deadline to decide whether the Pakistan-based Haqqani network should be declared a terrorist organization, a complicated political decision as the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan and pushes for a reconciliation pact to end more than a decade of warfare. (AP Photo/Mohammed Riaz, File)
FILE- In this Aug. 22, 1998, file photo, Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the militant group the Haqqani network, speaks during an interview in Miram Shah, Pakistan. The Obama administration faces a weekend deadline to decide whether the Pakistan-based Haqqani network should be declared a terrorist organization, a complicated political decision as the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan and pushes for a reconciliation pact to end more than a decade of warfare. (AP Photo/Mohammed Riaz, File)
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(AP) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. will press on with military and diplomatic pressure against the Haqqani network now that it has declared the Pakistan-based insurgents as terrorists.


Clinton says in a statement that she notified Congress Friday of her intent to designate the Haqqanis a foreign terrorist organization. Congress had set Sunday as the deadline for her to decision.


And Clinton says the U.S. will continue a "robust campaign of diplomatic, military, and intelligence pressure on the network, demonstrating the United States' resolve to degrade the organization's ability to execute violent attacks."


The move has implications, however, for Afghan peace efforts and could test U.S.-Pakistani ties.


Associated Press
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