U.S. President Barack Obama has signed into law the Haqqani Network Terrorist Designation Act of 2012.
Under the law, which Obama signed on August 10, the secretary of state will have one month to report on whether the Haqqani Network should be catagorized as a terrorist organization.
The Haqqani Network, which operates on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, has been accused of carrying out numerous attacks against U.S. interests in Afghanistan.
The United States has already applied sanctions to some key Haqqani Network leaders, but has so far resisted designating the entire network as a foreign terrorist organization, despite calls from both houses of the U.S. Congress to do so.
With reporting by AP