World Bulletin / News Desk
The United States is preparing to designate the Pakistan-based Haqqani network as a "terrorist" group as early as Friday, the New York Times said on its website.
US targets the Haqqanis, a Pashtun tribe with strongholds in southeastern Afghanistan and across the border in Pakistan, accused of staging high-profile assaults against foreign troops in occupied Afghanistan.
Designation by the State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization would bring sanctions such as criminal penalties for anyone providing material support to the group and seizure of any assets in the United States.
The Obama administration is facing a congressional deadline this weekend to determine whether the network met the criteria for such designation.
The New York Times said senior officials who argued against blacklisting the group were concerned it could further damage relations with Pakistan and possibly jeopardize the fate of U.S. Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl who is being held by the fighters.
The newspaper said four administration officials late Thursday said the government was going ahead with the designation.
Asked for comment on the New York Times story, a senior State Department official said: "As she noted earlier this week, the Secretary expects to send her report on the Haqqani network to Congress today, September 7, and announce her decision regarding designation of the Haqqani network."
Clinton was wrapping up an Asia-Pacific trip and was headed to the APEC summit in Vladivostok in Russia.
2 Pakistani civilians killed by exchange of fire along border with India
More than 103,300 have lived in 9 camps along Thai-Myanmar border for over 20 years
Investigation team to decide if prosecution be carried out by country of one of those involved or at international level
Local officials believe abducted civilians were killed by fighters who support Syria-based extremist group ISIL
Immigration department directive bans airlines from bringing Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy home
Philippines president tells Tokyo economic forum that visit to China focused on economic cooperation, not military matters
Shen Jui-chang, among 26 hostages freed from the crew of Naham 3 seized south of the Seychelles in March 2012, added he had constantly had a gun pointed at his head during his ordeal.
Police detain 3 suspected of having illegally stored explosives believed to have caused explosion that killed 14 in Shaanxi
The Kyrgyz government of Prime Minister Sooronbai Jeenbekov has formally resigned
Official says 11 were mining illegally in Jambi province when heavy rains struck, causing water and mud to flood pit
Report in state-run media says US, China in ‘advanced’ negotiations on agreement to extradite Chinese corruption suspects
Rohingya claim to have been beaten, raped and left homeless after houses and mosques allegedly torched in army crackdown
Park Geun-hye offers apology after admitting receiving help from a close aide embroiled in controversy
Investigation ongoing into accident in which one raft on ride was pushed into another at Dreamworld on Gold Coast
Inmate accused of leading ISIL-linked umbrella group believed to have radicalized 21-year-old who stabbed 3 officers
Fire seriously injures 11, believed to have been caused by electrical short-circuit in Johor state