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Haqqani network chief Jalaludin is also dead, says report

Haqqani network chief Jalaludin is also dead, says report

Jul 31, 2015 - 18:45

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): A day after confirmation of Talibaninfo-icon leader Mullahinfo-icon Omar’s death, chief of the Haqqani militant network and father of Sirajuddin Haqqani, Jalaludin Haqqani, died almost a year ago and was buried in Afghan province of Khost, Taliban said.

Rumours Sirajuddin Haqqani father's death had been making rounds for almost a month , said multiple credible sources in Taliban had confirmed he had died of illness almost a year ago.

However, the militant group has not officially given any statement yet about Haqqani's demise. Sirajudin Haqqani has been running the militant network for over a year ever since his father's illness.

The network, a Taliban affiliate, was founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani — an Afghan guerrilla leader bankrolled by the United States to fight Soviet troops in Afghanistaninfo-icon in the 1980s.

In the 1980s, Jalaluddin was close to the CIA and Pakistani intelligence. He allied himself to the Taliban after they took power in Kabul in 1996, serving as a cabinet minister under the militia's supreme leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar.

When American invaded Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, Haqqani sought refuge in Pakistaninfo-icon's tribal region of North Waziristan and became one of the first anti-US commanders based in the border area.

Jalaluddin set up a base in North Waziristan following the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. He used this base to direct Haqqani networkinfo-icon operations. The group is accused of being behind some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan.

The network is militarily the most capable of the Afghan Taliban factions and operates independently but remains loyal to Mullah Omar. Unidentified gunmen attacked and killed Nasiruddin Haqqani, the group's chief fundraiser and another son of its founder, on the edge of Islamabad in 2013.

Due to his ailment, the militant ‘commander’ had handed over operational command of the Haqqani network to his son, Sirajuddin. Jalaluddin was also on the UN Sanctions list since January 31, 2001.

However, Taliban denied the report of Haqqani's death in a stetement received by Pajhwok Afghan News.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/shah/rm/mud

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