U.S. to designate Haqqani network as terrorist group: State Department

VLADIVOSTOCK, Russia Fri Sep 7, 2012 8:54am EDT

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds up papers as she refers to the ''As Prepared'' version of former U.S. President Bill Clinton's Democratic National Convention speech that she had read, during a joint news conference with East Timor's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao (not pictured) at the Government Palace in Dili, East Timor, September 6, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Watson/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds up papers as she refers to the ''As Prepared'' version of former U.S. President Bill Clinton's Democratic National Convention speech that she had read, during a joint news conference with East Timor's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao (not pictured) at the Government Palace in Dili, East Timor, September 6, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Jim Watson/Pool

VLADIVOSTOCK, Russia (Reuters) - The United States will designate the Pakistan-based Haqqani network, accused of some high-profile attacks, as a terrorist group, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has signed a report to Congress saying the network met criteria for a terrorist designation, the department said.

(Reporting by Andy Quinn; Editing by Will Dunham and Vicki Allen)

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