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Ali Safavi: Taliban Clearly a Terrorist Organization

By    |   Friday, 30 Jan 2015 10:09 AM

According to federal statute, the Taliban clearly meets the criteria for a terrorist organization, even if the Obama administration wants to split hairs and say it is not, according to Ali Safavi, spokesman for the U.S. National Council of Resistance of Iran.

Appearing Friday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum," Safavi discussed Wednesday's insistence by White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz that the Taliban is an "armed insurgency," not a terror group.

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Under "the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, based upon which groups are designated as terrorists, there are three criteria [of groups] being designated by the U.S. government as terrorists," Safavi said.

"One is to be foreign. Two is to engage in terrorism or terrorists activity, and three [is to] have the capability and intent to carry out terrorism or acts of terrorism and that terrorism has to threaten the national security of the United States," he said.

"There's no question, at least that in the past, the Iranian regime has been providing weaponry, IEDs, to the Taliban and to al-Qaida in Afghanistan and as you know, there have been many American casualties as a result of these roadside bombs. So clearly, at least if we speak the statutory language, the Taliban would qualify as a terrorist organization."

Regarding reports that one of the five Taliban terrorists traded in a swap for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has returned to the battlefield, Safavi said that "once a terrorist, always a terrorist."

"Clearly, perhaps this individual is reaching out to his old cohorts and trying to join them and carry on with what he did that got him into Gitmo in the first place," he said. "When you talk about terrorist groups and in fact, terrorists sponsoring states, the policy has to be one of firmness.

"The policy has to be one of decisiveness and not giving into concessions, and not trying to play ball or accommodating these groups or governments and states that support them. And clearly that speaks to the Iranian regime as well, which as I'm sure you know and as the State Department itself has over the years said repeatedly, is the main state sponsor of terror in the world today."

Despite more than a year of negotiations by the United States with the Iranian regime, Tehran has continued its nuclear weapons program, Safavi said, including research and development, and has continued its weaponization program,

It also has refused to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) access to key military sites, he said, while refusing to responded to "critical outstanding questions about possible military aspects of Iran's nuclear weapons program."

"If the Iranian regime was really interested in abandoning its nuclear weapons program, you wouldn't need all this back and forth discussion in Geneva and other capitals in the world," Safavi said. "The Iranians could allow IAEA inspectors and international monitors to go to Iran, pack up their nuclear weapons material and ship them to some Third World country.

"Clearly, the Iranian regime is pursuing a nuclear weapons program and despite the concessions that they have received, has not at all persuaded them that they should let go of their nuclear weapons program."

President Barack Obama and his advisers are operating under the naive notion that "if you're nice to the mullahs, they will be nice to the international community."

"Our 30-something years of experience with this regime [shows this] is a very misguided perception," said Safavi. "The Iranian regime has proven that it will take any gesture of good will as a sign of weakness."

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