February 2nd, 2010
03:54 PM ET

Who is Sirajuddin Haqqani?

Sirajuddin Haqqani, or Siraj Haqqani, is a senior Taliban commander and leader of the Haqqani network, which was founded by his father Jalaladin Haqqani. A long-time ally of al Qaeda, the group operates on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and is well known to the U.S. military.

Haqqani has been a part of attacks against U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan. In news interviews, he has claimed planning the April 2008 assassination attempt on Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the 2008 attack on the Serena Hotel in Kabul that killed six people, including a U.S. citizen, according to the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center. Last year,  the U.S. State Department announced a $5 million reward for information leading to Haqqani.

In 2008, a U.S. missile strike on the Haqqani compound killed Haqqani family members including wives and children. In July 2009, an American soldier and three Afghan soldiers were captured by low-level militants and then quickly "sold" to Haqqani.

Haqqani was born around 1973. The elder Haqqani, Jalaladin, was among the mujahadeen fighters who received U.S. help to fight Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

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  1. Naubat Rai

    For me the highest surprise is – for what aim they (Talibans etc.) are fighting for?

    Wanted to convert the whole world to Islam? It is an impossible task. More fierce
    people are on the earth than Talibans.

    What if, most of the Talibans' populace is more educated. This group will find
    hard to get suicide bombers. Even open fighting cannot be when people are
    educated. Educated class people attention will be diverted elsewhere.

    Naubat Rai

    February 8, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mina

    It's simply a case of maintaining double standard policies in the name of saving deomocracy. Just to quote an excerpt from Eqbal Ahmed's presentation at the University of Colorado in 1998:
    " Mix of anger and helplessness produces an urge to strike out. You are angry. You are feeling helpless. You want retribution. You want to wreak retributive justice. The experience of violence by a stronger party has historically turned victims into terrorists. Battered children are known to become abusive parents and violent adults. You know that. That’s what happens to peoples and nations. When they are battered, they hit back. State terror very often breeds collective terror."
    His words still ring true. Maybe US needs to reexamine its policies and its "war on terror".

    February 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gibsy

    Thank you for sharing CIA reality A.Smith. While the war continues, US corporates continue to earn billions by selling cannons and barrels. Keep it up US you can make a difference – decide your role; which side are you on – a peace maker or destruction creator

    February 4, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. A. Smith, Oregon

    It seems that Sirajuddin Haqqani was implicated in the successful bombing of the CIA base in Afghanistan which killed a sizable number of CIA agents, one commander and several CIA Xe contractors. It comes as no surprise that American CIA trained this mans father to fight the Russian forces and then later the CIA murders his wife and children. Little wonder why the people in these regions do not trust American's at all.

    February 4, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |