Jalaluddin Haqqani

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CIA Asset Turned Ruthless US Enemy Dies

Jalaluddin Haqqani founded Haqqani network

(Newser) - The Taliban say the Afghan Haqqani network founder, Jalaluddin Haqqani, an ex-US ally turned fierce enemy, has died after years of ill health. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed told the AP that Haqqani died on Monday inside Afghanistan. The elderly founder of the outlawed group had been paralyzed for the past...

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...

US in Secret Talks With Ruthless Haqqani Network

Which have been described as 'extremely tentative'

(Newser) - The US and Afghan governments have both been in secret talks with the Haqqani network, which they have come to believe is the most powerful and ruthless of all the Afghan insurgent groups, sources tell the Guardian . The US has been talking to the network through intermediaries for more than...

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...

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,...

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...

Three Warlords Loom Large in Afghanistan

Former anti-Soviet allies come back to haunt US

(Newser) - Behind Afghanistan’s recent escalation in violence looms three faces familiar to the US intelligence community. Mohammed Omar, founding mullah of the “Big T” Taliban government; Jalaluddin Haqqani, his one-time cabinet minister; and the ruthless Gulbuddin Hekmatyar are most responsible for leading the anti-government charge, the LA Times reports—...

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