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Basque nationalist ETA among four groups struck from US terror list

ETA waged a bloody struggle for an independent Basque country in Spain for decades, with around 800 people killed and some 2,600 injured

23 October 2021, Spain, Donostia-San Sebastian: Thousands of people take part in a protest for the rights of members of Basque underground organization ETA who are currently in prison. Photo: Nagore Iraola/EUROPA PRESS/dpa.
A protest in San Sebastian for the rights of members of terrorist organization ETA who are currently in prison. Photo: Nagore Iraola/dpa/File photo.

The US government has removed five groups from its list of foreign terrorist organizations, including ETA, the State Department said on Friday.

ETA is a Basque nationalist and separatist organization predominantly active in Spain and France founded in 1959.

Alongside ETA, Japanese Aum sect, the Islamist Gamaa Islamij from Egypt, the Mujahideen Shura Council from the Gaza Strip and radical Jewish group Kahane Chai were taken off the list.

The move followed a regular review that showed the organizations were no longer involved in terrorist activities and no longer had the capacity or intention to do so.

The five groups remain on another government blacklist to ensure they cannot access to frozen funds.

3,000 terrorist attacks

ETA waged a bloody struggle for an independent Basque country in Spain for decades, with around 800 people killed and some 2,600 injured in its 3,000 terrorist attacks.

The group called a unilateral ceasefire in 2010 and then announced in 2018 that it had "completely dissolved all its structures."

Basque nationalist ETA among four groups struck from US terror list
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