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No indication of Haqqanis' involvement: Mullen

No indication of Haqqanis' involvement: Mullen

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Sep 21, 2011 - 13:56

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff has said there is no evidence so far that the Haqqani Networkinfo-icon is behind the assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, former president and High Peace Councilinfo-icon chief.

"I think we do take it very seriously, first of all. Secondly, I don't have the details of this, other than what's been reported, so I couldn't tell you who's behind it," Admiral Mike Mullen said on Tuesday.

Addressing a joint Pentagon news conference with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, he said some quarters would immediately finger Haqqanis specifically, but he could not validate that one way or another.

"As the chairman of the High Peace Council, in that regard, certainly someone's going to step in pretty quickly because that's a critical part of the whole peace process," Mullen said in response to a question at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Since the killing of President Karzai's brother and other assassinations, one of the things that ISAFinfo-icon commander Gen. John Allen has done is to look with Afghan security forces at ways to shore up their security, the admiral added.

He said they continue to look at their practices and qualifications. From his perspective, Mullen said Tuesday's bombing reflected the Talibaninfo-icon's overall strategy, because they had not succeeded on the ground this year. "They've shifted to these high-profile attacks."

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