U.S. removes Cuba from uncooperative counterterrorism countries list

by ian

 

The U.S. State Department scrubbed Cuba from its list of uncooperative countries on counterterrorism.

The department says that Cuba resumed law enforcement cooperation in 2023. Havana also stopped refusing Colombian extradition requests for National Liberation Army members.

However, that’s not because Cuba handed the wanted men over. The South American nation suspended those arrest warrants, making the issue moot.

Cuba will continue to be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism, according to a department spokesman.

When Cuba first went on the list, the State Department said Cuba repeatedly supported international terrorism by sheltering terrorists. That’s raised some concerns that the department is in the early stages of revoking the SST designation. The U.S. still lists North Korea, Iran, Syria and Venezuela as non-cooperative counterterrorism countries.

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