August 13, 2007


Fatah al-Islam Finally Designated A Terrrorist Group By U.S. State Dept.

The U.S. State Department’s failure to name Fatah al-Islam to its list of officially designated terrorist groups has finally come to an end.

On Thursday August 9th it designated Fatah al-Islam as an outlawed terrorist group under Executive Order 13224, President Bush’s official order on terrorist financing issued on September 23, 2001, less than two weeks after the 9/11 attacks.

According to the State Department, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made this designation after “consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury.”

This “better late than never” action by the U.S. is likely to have aboslutely no effect on the radical Islamist terrorist group.

What terrorist group would risk having its money in the U.S., or as the order says, “under the control of U.S. persons?”

More than two months after this blog first expressed surprise and concern the U.S. State Department finally added the radical Islamist militants to its designated list of terrorist groups.

There is simply no reason for the U.S’s inexcusable delay in adding Fatah al-Islam to its official list of terrorist organizations, particularly when Jordan has already tried and convicted the group’s leader Shaker al-Abssi a/k/a al-Absi for murdering U.S.A.I.D. diplomat Laurence Foley in 2002 at his home in Amman.

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