Sirajuddin Haqqani

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Afghans: Haqqani Son Is Dead

Scion Badruddin Haqqani reported killed in US drone strike

(Newser) - Afghanistan's intelligence agency said today its operatives have confirmed that the son of the founder of the powerful Haqqani militant network was killed in an airstrike in Pakistan, even as the Taliban vowed that he was alive and well. A spokesman for Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security said... More »

Haqqani Denies Link With Pakistan

And insists it didn't assassinate peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani

(Newser) - The Haqqani network has no ties to Pakistan’s ISI and isn’t responsible for the assassination of former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani , Siraj Haqqani tells the BBC . Siraj is the son of Haqqani network founder and namesake Jalaluddin Haqqani, and is a major leader within the group. “We’... More »

NATO Nabs Haqqani Leader in Afghanistan

'Revered elder' in Taliban-affiliated group is captured

(Newser) - NATO says it captured a leader of the Haqqani network, the militant group that has emerged as major anti-American player in Afghanistan and Pakistan. ("The Sopranos of the Afghanistan war," as the New York Times described the clan in a previous profile .) Haji Mali Khan reportedly oversaw... More »

CIA Ups Drone Strikes to Foil Euro Terror Plot

Drones target Pakistan as Europe sits on high alert

(Newser) - The CIA has launched a flurry of drone attacks in Pakistan in an attempt to disrupt a huge suspected terrorist plot against European targets, according to the Wall Street Journal . While the exact nature of the plot is unclear, there have been multiple warnings in France, Germany, and the UK... More »

Taliban: McChrystal Firing a Victory

Terrorist group say sacking gives it more time

(Newser) - The Afghan Taliban likes to say, “Americans may own the watches. But we’ve got the time.” That’s why the terror group is thrilled to see Stanley McChrystal exit, commander Sirajuddin Haqqani tells the Daily Beast —it gives the Taliban even more time. American generals talk... More »

CIA Drones Batter Pakistan Militants

'Fast and furious' drone campaign hits Qaeda, Taliban hard

(Newser) - Stepped-up CIA drone attacks in the Pakistani region of North Waziristan have hit al-Qaeda and the Taliban hard in recent months, forcing many militants to retreat to mountain tunnels and placing the Haqqani leaders under increasing pressure. Bombardment of the militant stronghold has become "fast and furious" this year,... More »

Pakistan Wants In on Afghan Peace Talks With Taliban

Could offer reconciliation with lethal branch of militants

(Newser) - As the US and Afghanistan mull reconciliation with the Taliban as a way to wind down the war, Pakistan wants a role in potential peace talks. The Pakistanis would bring to the table their influence over the Haqqanis, a particularly lethal Taliban branch that is fighting against allied soldiers in... More »

For Pakistan, Taliban Leader Outranks US

Islamabad backs off Haqqani, a crucial link to Afghanistan

(Newser) - Pakistani officials are balking at pursuing a Taliban leader who poses a major threat to US forces in Afghanistan, underscoring their lack of faith in the Obama surge. Pakistan has made a separate peace with Siraj Haqqani, allowing him the use of North Waziristan as a base of operations after... More »

Afghan Officials in Cahoots With Taliban: Leader

Thousands will replace me if I die: Haqqani

(Newser) - Afghan intelligence agencies have been tipping off militants to US and NATO movements, a Taliban leader told NBC News during a secret interview near Pakistan’s tribal areas—where his role in setting up al-Qaeda safe havens has moved the US to put a $5 million bounty on his head.... More »

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