Jalaluddin Haqqani

Jalaluddin Haqqani

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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 of Afghanistan. He belongs to the Jadran, a Pashtun tribe from Paktia province.

More recently, he has led pro-Taliban militants in Afghanistan and PakistanHe 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.

Mujahideen leader

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......
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