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The Haqqani Network: Reign of Terror

Good read on one of the bad guys in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region

The Haqqani Network: Reign of terror

By Matt Dupee August 2, 2008 5:12 PM

Over the last six months, three out of the four most spectacular terrorist attacks occurring in Afghanistan have been carried out by the Haqqani Network, a mysterious yet highly dangerous terrorist gang bound together by tribal and clan relationships. Despite nearly a year worth of rumors purporting the death of its grand master and ailing leader, Jalaluddin Haqqani, the elder Haqqani recently appeared in a Taliban produced propaganda video proving he is very much alive and in control of planning and executing massive terrorist operations.

Once a key recipient of US funding and arms during the Soviet-Afghan war of the 1980’s, Haqqani has maintained his status as a prominent mujahideen commander who holds sway over several eastern provinces. His rise in power and prestige may have surpassed that of the Taliban’s elusive supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar but it is Jalauddin’s oldest son, Siraj, a lurid 30-year old terror mastermind, who may have gained the most prominence.

Siraj, also known as Khalifa, has been described by US military officials as “one of the most influential insurgent commanders in eastern Afghanistan” who has “eclipsed his father in power and influence and is said to rival Mullah Omar for the Taliban leadership.”

The network is based out of a Taliban bastion in neighboring Pakistan; using the village of Dande Darpa Khel near Miramshah (North Waziristan) as its main headquarters, while Zambar village in the northern Sabari district in Khost province, serves as the group’s major operations hub. The Haqqani family owned and operated an extremist maddrassah in the Dande Darpa Khel village before the Pakistani military launched a raid and shut it down in September 2005. A massive weapons and ammunition cache was discovered and confiscated following the assault on the compound

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