Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Remembering 9/11 and Bolstering Counterterrorism Trump Signs Executive Order to Go after Suspected Terrorists the Day before the Anniversary of 9/11

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Remembering 9/11 and Bolstering Counterterrorism Trump Signs Executive Order to Go after Suspected Terrorists the Day before the Anniversary of 9/11

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WASHINGTON - A day before the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States, President Donald Trump issued an executive order Tuesday to expand U.S. authorities' ability to go after suspected terrorists and their supporters.

"Today's executive order by President Trump adds further muscle to U.S. counterterrorism efforts," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

He said the action amends an earlier executive order that former President George W. Bush initially signed after 9/11 by adding clauses to let the State and Treasury departments directly target leaders of suspected terror groups and their affiliates "without having to tie terrorist leaders to specific acts."

Mr. Pompeo said the order also more effectively targets individuals and groups participating in terrorist training and provides new authorities to impose sanctions on foreign financial institutions that knowingly do business with suspected terrorists.

Using the new order, Treasury imposed sanctions on more than two dozen individuals and entities from 11 terrorist groups.

Meanwhile in Afghanistan, a rocket exploded at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul just minutes into Wednesday, the anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States.

Officials declared all-clear an hour later and reported no injuries.

The 9/11 anniversary is a sensitive day in Afghanistan's capital and one on which attacks have occurred. A U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan shortly after the 2001 attack toppled the Taliban, who had harbored Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader and attacks mastermind.

On Wednesday, Americans will mark the somber anniversary with mournful ceremonies, volunteering and growing attention to the terror attacks' extended toll on responders.

Victims' relatives are expected at ground zero in New York. Mr. Trump is scheduled to join an observance at the Pentagon. …

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