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The founder of the Haqqani network, one of the most feared militant groups in Afghanistan, died after a long illness.
The Taliban announced on Tuesday (04.09.2018) that Jalaluddin Haqqani, leader and founder of the Haqqani network, linked to this insurgent group and to which Kabul accuses of some of the bloodiest attacks in the country, has died of an illness.
“The esteemed teacher Jalaluddin Haqqani has died after a long battle with a disease,” the Taliban Leaders’ Council said in a statement, which did not specify the place or date of death. It is believed that due to the disease that the founder of the network had suffered for years, the formation was being directed by his son Sirajuddin Haqqani, first lieutenant of the Taliban leader, Mullah Haibatullah.
During the 1980s, Haqqani was an Afghan Mujahideen commander who fought against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan with the help of the United States. UU and Pakistan. He gained notoriety for his organization and courage, attracting the attention of the CIA. A fluent Arabic speaker, Haqqani also fostered close ties with Arab jihadists, including Osama Bin Laden, who came to the region during the war. Later, Haqqani became a minister in the Taliban regime.
The Afghan government blamed the Haqqani network for the bombing at the entrance to the diplomatic zone of the capital, which in May 2017 killed more than 150 people.