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House Homeland GOP 'urgently concerned' with terrorist wanted by FBI in Taliban government

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Fox News

House Homeland GOP 'urgently concerned' with terrorist wanted by FBI in Taliban government

Haqqani leads the Haqqani network, which the US designated a terrorist organization in 2012

By Brooke Singman

FIRST ON FOX: Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee are warning that the safety of Americans who remain in Afghanistan is "in the hands" of the Taliban’s new interior minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, the head of a designated terror organization and one of the FBI's most-wanted terrorist operatives.

The top Republican on the committee, Rep. John Katko, and the top Republican on the House Subcommittee on Intelligence & Counterterrorism, Rep. August Pfluger, wrote a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, first obtained by Fox News, laying out their concerns after the Taliban announced the formation of its new government in Afghanistan – including Haqqani as interior minister.

"As you are aware, the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan continues to pose increased terrorism risk to Americans both at home and abroad," they wrote to Mayorkas.

"With American citizens and our Afghan allies awaiting permission from the Taliban to leave the country on chartered flights – a previously unthinkable scenario that is wholly unacceptable to the American people – we are urgently concerned about the Taliban’s naming of one of the FBI’s most-wanted terrorist operatives, Sirajuddin Haqqani, head of a terrorist group known as the Haqqani network, as the country’s acting interior minister," they wrote.

Further, Katko and Pfluger warned that individuals serving as interior ministers often hold authorities "related to policies governing security, border enforcement and transportation," saying that they are "concerned that the safety of American citizens may now be directly in the hands of a known terrorist operative."

Biden administration officials said this week that "just under" 100 Americans remain in Afghanistan. The State Department, on Monday, touted the safe evacuation of four American citizens from the country – without interference from the Taliban.

Full story https://www.foxnews.com/politics/house-homeland-gop-taliban-haqqani-fbi-terror-most-wanted