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U.S.: Afghan rebel head a global terrorist

The United States on Wednesday declared Afghan rebel leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar “a specially designated global terrorist.” A former Afghan prime minister, Hekmatyar was blamed for a civil war that caused thousands of deaths in Kabul after the Russian withdrawal in 1989. “The U.S. government has information indicating that Gulbadin Hekmatyar has participated in and supported terrorist acts committed by al Qaida and the Taliban,” said the designation statement issued by the State Department in Washington. “Because of his terrorist activity, the United States is designating Hekmatyar as a specially designated global terrorist under the authority of Executive Order 13224,” it added. “The United States will request that the U.N. 1267 Sanctions Committee include Hekmatyar on its consolidated list of entities and individuals associated with bin Laden, al Qaida and the Taliban,” said a spokesman for the State Department. Full Story

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