Jalaluddin Haqqani

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Mawlawi Jalaluddin Haqqani (1939 – 3 September 2018)[1] was an Afghan militant. He was the leader of the Haqqani network, a fighting group in guerilla warfare against US-led NATO forces.

By 2004, he was directing pro-Taliban militants to launch a holy war in Afghanistan. Within Pakistan, Jalaluddin had a relation with Pakistan but he did not act against the TTP. He was the most experienced Islamist leader in the region.[2] Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars, claims that Haqqani introduced suicide bombing in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.[3][4]

On 3 September 2018, the Taliban released a statement via Twitter saying that Haqqani died from a terminal illness in his late 70s.[5][6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Vahid Brown, Don Rassler,Fountainhead of Jihad: The Haqqani Nexus, 1973-2012, Oxford University Press, 2013 p.28.
  2. Syed Salaam Shahzad (5 May 2004). "Through the eyes of the Taliban". Asia Times. Archived from the original on 24 January 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2009.
  3. Return of the Taliban, PBS Frontline, 3 October 2006
  4. A. Gopal, Who are the Taliban? in: Nation, Volume: 287 Issue: 21 (22 December 2008) p20
  5. "Haqqani network's founder dies after long illness, Afghan Taliban says", by Alexander Smith and Mushtaq Yusufzai, NBC News
  6. "{title}". Archived from the original on 4 September 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2018.