The US State Department plans to remove five extremist groups from its list of foreign terrorist organizations, NPR reported on Monday. The groups were once considered serious threats after killing “hundreds, if not thousands” of people in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, but are now “all considered missing”, writes NPR.
The Basque separatist group ETA, the Japanese sect Aum Shinrikyo, the Jewish extremist group Kahane Kach, the Gaza Strip-based jihadist umbrella organization Mujahidin Shura Council in the vicinity of Jerusalem and the Egyptian Sunni Islamist movement Gama’a al-Islamiyya make up the groups are removed from the list. Each of the groups is believed to be inactive at this time.
The State Department has already notified Congress that the changes are underway. “Revoking the FTO designations ensures that our terrorism sanctions remain current and credible and do not reflect any change in policy with respect to the past activities of any of these…organizations,” the State Department noted in a statement. communicated.
Legally, an administrative review of foreign terrorist designations must be conducted every five years. Secretary of State Antony Blinken signed the notifications on May 11, writing on behalf of the five groups that “based on a review of the administrative record assembled in this matter and in consultation with the Attorney General and Secretary of the Treasury, I determine that the circumstances which formed the basis of the designation … have changed in such a way as to justify the revocation of the designation.” Learn more about delisted organizations on NPR.