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WASHINGTON: The United States (US) on Wednesday designated two Pakistan-based groups ‘with links to the Taliban’ as global terrorist threats.

As “Specially Designated Global Terrorists”, US citizens are forbidden from associating with the Tariq Gidar Group (TGG) and the Jamaat ul Dawa al-Qu’ran (JDQ), said a statement released by US State Department.

“Any assets owned by the groups in places under US jurisdiction will be frozen, and US law enforcement will be authorised to investigate their activity.”

According to the statement, the TGG is linked to the Tehreek-i-Taliban — the Pakistani Taliban — and is based in Darra Adam Khel.

The faction, US officials believe, was responsible for the December 2014 massacre at an army-run school in Peshawar that left more than 130 children dead.

The TGG is led by Umar Mansoor, who is said to also have ordered the January 2016 attack on a university in Charsadda that left more than 20 dead.

US State Department also says that the TGG was behind the 2008 kidnapping and beheading of Polish geologist Piotr Stanczak in Attock, in northern Pakistan.

The second group, the JDQ, is said to be based in Peshawar but has sworn allegiance to the late leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Omar.

In addition to this link to the Afghan movement, the State Department says JDQ has alliances with Al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Washington blames the group for the 2010 kidnapping of British aid worker Linda Norgrove in Afghanistan.

Norgrove died after being wounded in the explosion of a grenade thrown by a US Navy SEAL commando during a failed rescue attempt.

Source: United States adds two Pakistan-based groups to terror blacklist – Pakistan – DAWN.COM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said it was not discussing joint air strikes with Russia on Monday and called on Moscow to press Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government to cease air strikes against opposition forces in Aleppo and the Damascus suburbs.

“We’re not looking at joint operations,” said State Department spokesman Mark Toner. “We’re discussing with them proposals for sustainable mechanisms to better monitor and enforce the cessation of hostilities – we’re not talking about joint operations.”

Toner said the United States was concerned about an uptick in violence in Syria – by both Islamic State and Assad’s forces – and said Russia had a special responsibility to press the Syrian leader to end attacks and strikes that kill civilians.

The Syrian government needs to recognise that “if this keeps up, we may be looking at a complete breakdown” of the cessation of hostilities, Toner said. A truce brokered by the United States and Russia in February has been unravelling for weeks.

Washington urged the Assad regime to end its escalating attacks on Aleppo and Daraya, as well as besieging towns and obstructing humanitarian access, the department said.

“Secretary Kerry raised these concerns in a call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov earlier today and urged him to press the regime to cease at once airstrikes against opposition forces and innocent civilians in Aleppo and the Damascus suburbs,” the State Department said in a statement.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for bombs that killed nearly 150 people and wounded at least 200 in Jableh and Tartous on Syria’s Mediterranean coast on Monday in the government-controlled territory that hosts a Russian military base.

(Reporting By Arshad Mohammed and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chris Reese and Alan Crosby)

Source: Russia has special responsibility to push Syria to stop attacks – U.S.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday summoned the ambassador of United States, David Hale, to express concern over the US air strike inside Pakistani territory on Saturday, May 21 — which reportedly targeted Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour.

According to a statement released by the Foreign Office, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi pointed out to the US envoy “the drone strike was a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and a breach of the United Nation’s Charter that guarantees the inviolability of the territorial integrity of its member states”.

Fatemi also emphasised that “such actions could adversely impact the ongoing efforts by the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) for facilitating peace talks between the Afghan Government and the Taliban”, read the statement.

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The special assistant further underlined that Pakistan and United States had been closely coordinating in the fight against the menace of terrorism and that this cooperation needed further strengthening.

US President Barack Obama had on Monday confirmed that Mullah Mansour was killed in a US air strike, hailing his death as an “important milestone” in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.

“We have removed the leader of an organisation that has continued to plot against and unleash attacks on American and Coalition forces, to wage war against the Afghan people, and align itself with extremist groups like Al Qaeda,” the US president said in a statement.

“We will work on shared objectives with Pakistan, where terrorists that threaten all our nations must be denied safe haven,” he said.

Source: Islamabad voices concern to US envoy over air strike inside Pakistani territory – World – DAWN.COM

The White House was locked down for around 45 minutes this afternoon after a man carrying a gun near the complex was shot by Secret Service agents, a senior administration official said.

Just after 3 p.m., an adult male carrying a gun approached a Secret Service checkpoint on the outer perimeter of the White House grounds, near 17th and E Street Northwest.

The man ignored commands from Secret Service officers to drop his weapon, and began brandishing his firearm, the official said.

A Secret Service agent then fired a single shot at the suspect, wounding him, according to the official. He was then taken into custody and Secret Service personnel administered first aid.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital, where he is being treated.

The president was not in the White House at the time of the incident and the lockdown was lifted just after 4 p.m. Vice President Biden was reported to be “within the complex” at the White House, but is “secure,” according to a spokesperson.

Source: Secret Service Shoots Man Carrying Gun Near White House – ABC News

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