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GOP lawmaker: Brand Taliban a terror group

Rep. David McKinleyDavid Bennett McKinleyEnergy secretary says pipeline setbacks pose national security issue MLB, Congress play hardball in fight over minor leagues Koch campaign touts bipartisan group behind ag labor immigration bill MORE (R-W.Va.) on Tuesday introduced a resolution calling on the Obama administration to label the Taliban in Afghanistan a “foreign terrorist organization.”

The measure comes in response to comments White House press secretary Josh Earnest made last week, when he described the Taliban as an “armed insurgency” rather than a terror group.

“If we cannot call our enemy what they are, then how can we fight them?” McKinley asked in a statement. “It is nonsensical for the President to insist the Taliban is not a terrorist group when they safeguard terrorists, target civilians, and murder Americans.”

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He argued that the Taliban meet all the federal criteria for such a designation, including posing a threat to the U.S. and its citizens.

The West Virginia lawmaker also noted that the Treasury Department and the National Counterterrorism Center have called the Taliban a terrorist organization.

“Americans deserve leaders who tell them the truth, not equivocation and misleading wordplay,” McKinley said.

The resolution was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.