The State Department has designated one of the main Afghan insurgent groups as a terrorist organization. The Haqqani network, based in northwest Pakistan, stages frequent cross-border raids on Western targets in Afghanistan. NPR's Jackie Northam tells host Scott Simon the State Department decision could have repercussions for Pakistan, which has been accused of aiding the Haqqanis.
The designation may make it more difficult for the Haqqanis to raise money. It also may further damage relations between the U.S. and Pakistan. American officials have accused Pakistani intelligence services of supporting the Haqqanis.