Washington, Jul 29: A top US military officer believes that Pakistan-based Haqqani network is a deadly terrorist outfit, which is responsible for more than 90 percent of the civilian casualties in eastern part of Afghanistan.
The Haqqani network has been involved in major terrorist attacks in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Apart from this killing the American soldiers is yet to be specified as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation by the US.
The State Department says the process is on, but has not set a time line for it.
"If it was declared a foreign terrorist organisation, there are certain other factors that other organisations, whether it's Treasury, State, international communities, could enact against the Haqqani Network that could potentially help or disrupt the Haqqani Network," Major General John Campbell said.
Campbell is the General Commander of the East Regional which consists of 14 Afghan provinces including Bamyan, Nangarh, Laghman, Wardak and Ghazani.
In a news briefing with Pentagon reporters, Campbell said the Haqqani network is one of the most dangerous networks that he faces in eastern Afghanistan.
"If you take a look at what happened with the Kabul conference here last week, where the Haqqani network and other insurgent networks had claimed that they would really attack that, and their desired goal was to upset and disrupt that convention," Campbell said.
"The result was, they were not able to do that, that's because of the great work done by the coalition forces in and around Kabul, by our special operating forces, and then by our Afghan partners."
“So it is a very deadly network," he said.