Biden administration to remove 5 terror groups from blacklist

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President Joe Biden’s administration is set to remove five extremist groups from its foreign terrorist blacklist.Each of the groups is now considered defunct, and Secretary of State Tony Blinken wrote to Congress on Friday advocating for their removal, the Associated Press reported Sunday.The groups include the Basque separatist group ETA, the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo, the radical Jewish group Kahane Kach and two Islamic groups that have been active in Israel, the Palestinian territories and Egypt, according to the AP.DEMOCRATS BAND TOGETHER TO RAISE CONCERNS WITH IRAN NUKE DEAL REVIVAL: ‘WE CAN’T STAY QUIET'”Based on a review of the Administrative Record assembled in this matter and in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury, I determine that the circumstances that were the basis for the designation … have changed in such a manner to warrant revocation of the designation,” Blinken wrote of the organizations.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a joint news conference with Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas on the occasion of their meeting, in Tallinn, Estonia, on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.
(AP Photo/Raul Mee)The removal comes as the Biden administration faces criticism for reportedly considering the removal of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the blacklist as part of a new Iran nuclear deal.BIDEN WARNED BY IRANIAN AMERICAN SCIENTISTS, SCHOLARS OVER PERILS OF REMOVING TERROR STATUSReturning to President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal has been a top foreign policy priority for the Biden administration. There has been little progress on the issue, however, and reports suggested the administration may be considering removing the IRGC from the list.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe IRGC is directly responsible for the killings of roughly 600 U.S. military members and remains an active terror group, according to a group of 46 retired U.S. generals who publicly urged the Biden administration not to remove the group from the blacklist in April.

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