Afghan security forces arrest 11 Haqqani militants in Kabul

07 September, 2018, 13:13 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • The Haqqani network founder in Pakistan in 2001

The founder of the militant Haqqani militant network Jalaluddin Haqqani died after several years of illness, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced on Monday.

Taliban officials issued a statement this week confirming that Haqqani Network founder and long-time leader Jalaluddin Haqqani has died.

With hopes for peace talks raised by last June's unprecedented ceasefire, news of the death of one of the most notorious rebel commanders comes at a sensitive time for both the Taliban and Kabul's Western-backed government.

The 79- year-old former Mujahedeen leader stepped down some years ago, paving way for his son Sirajuddin Haqqani to lead the militant group. But unlike other groups, the Haqqani Network never claimed responsibility.

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Soviet troops occupied the cities and first arteries of communication, whereas the mujahideen waged guerrilla war in shrimp groups working within the almost eighty % of the country that used to be exterior government and Soviet help watch over Afghan insurgents began to gain huge portions of abet and protection force training paid for primarily by the U.S. and Arab monarchies within the Persian Gulf. Unverified reports have placed him in Pakistan in recent years.

Haqqani's main tactical legacy in Afghanistan is ignominious: He is largely credited with introducing suicide bombings as a tactic to the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.

Haqqani was closely tied to al Qaeda leaders and had played a key role in supporting the terror group in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Since then, Haqqani Network, an integral part of the Afghan Taliban, has been doggedly fighting against the us and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan.

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The younger Haqqani is also deputy head of the Taliban, who have waged increasingly sophisticated and co-ordinated attacks against Afghanistan's struggling security forces.

The Haqqani network, believed to be behind a number of kidnappings and attacks against U.S. interests in Afghanistan, was accused of bombing the Indian mission in Kabul in 2008 that killed 58 people. Later, Jalaluddin became a minister in the Taliban regime.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Wednesday in a statement said that 11 members of Haqqani network were arrested during an NDS operation in Kabul. "The actions and exploits of Haqqani Sahib and his untiring efforts to keep the Islamic Emirate united in the face of American invasion are golden chapters of history which future Islamic generations shall forever be proud of", the statement said.

Much of the group's ties with Pakistan were forged by Haqqani during the 1980s, when the guerrilla leader was one of the main beneficiaries of Pakistani and Central Intelligence Agency money and weapons.

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