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WH Touts Boko Haram’s Terror Designation; No Mention of How Long That Took

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Patrick Goodenough
CNS News
May 6, 2014

(CNSNews.com) – Fielding questions about what help the U.S. can offer Nigeria in its effort to locate and rescue hundreds of schoolgirls held by Boko Haram, White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday noted that the U.S. has designated the group a foreign terrorist organization.

But the administration faced calls to do so for almost two years before the decision was announced last fall.

“I think it’s important to note that last year, we designated Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization and specifically designated global terrorists, which effectively cuts the organization off from U.S. financial institutions and enables banks to freeze assets here in the United States,” Carney told a press briefing.

Administration officials never fully explained why the decision took so long, beyond citing “an extensive process of review and research to determine the effectiveness” of the FTO designation.

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