Mawlawi Jalaluddin Haqqani
(جلال الدين حقاني) (born c. 1950), father of Sirajuddin Haqqani
, is an Afghan
military leader known for his involvement in fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan
in the 1980s, specially during Operation Magistral
, as well as for being invited by President Hamid Karzai
to become Prime Minister
. He belongs to the Jadran, a Pashtun
tribe from Paktia province
More recently, he has led pro-Taliban
militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan
He has also been alleged with having introduced suicide bombing
to the region., PBS Frontline
, October 3, 2006A. Gopal, Who are the Taliban?
in: Nation, Volume: 287 Issue: 21 (December 22, 2008) p20
He is sometimes reported to be leader of what the western media calls the Haqqani network
Originally a member of the Hezb-i Islami
of Mawlawi Mohammad Yunus Khalis
, Haqqani was admired by certain afghans during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan
and ensuing civil war.
In the 1980s, Jalaluddin Haqqani was cultivated as a "unilateral" asset of the CIA
and received tens of thousands of dollars in cash for his work in fighting the Soviet Army in Afghanistan, according to an account in "The Bin Ladens," a recent book by Steve Coll
. At that time, Haqqani helped and protected Osama......