December 24th, 2010
10:21 AM ET

Pakistani sources: Son of notorious insurgent leader is arrested

Jalaluddin Haqqani, whose son was reportedly seized in recent days, leads a group closely tied to the Taliban.

A key member of an insurgent network in the Afghan-Pakistani region has been seized recent days, Pakistani military intelligence sources told CNN on Friday.

He is Nasiruddin Haqqani, son of Afghan insurgent leader Jalaluddin Haqqani, whose notorious group, called the Haqqani Network, operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan and is closely tied to the Taliban.

Nasiruddin Haqqani was detained in recent days while driving from Peshawar to the tribal region of North Waziristan, the sources said. The United Nations says he is believed to be based out of Miram Shah in North Waziristan, where the network operates.

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November 12th, 2010
05:20 PM ET

Draw down U.S. troops if Afghanistan progress lags, panel recommends

The United States should consider drastically cutting the number of troops in Afghanistan unless the current strategy starts to show signs of progress, a new report says.

The 98-page independent task force report, sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations, also says the United States should invest in a long-term partnership with Pakistan, but only if Pakistan takes action against all
terrorist organizations.

November 4th, 2010
10:30 AM ET

Coalition forces confirm death of 5th militant leader

NATO forces killed a senior militant leader of a Taliban-linked group during a weekend operation in eastern Afghanistan, a military statement said Thursday.

"Haqqani network senior leader, Hibati, was killed during an overnight operation in Paktiya province Saturday," NATO said.

The death brings the total number of Haqqani network leaders killed to five. The network is part of the Afghan Taliban.

The operation in a remote compound in Dzadran district was based on intelligence tips.

"Intelligence reports later confirmed the death of the five Haqqani leaders as well as several additional Haqqani fighters," the statement said. "It is assessed the security force had broken up a Haqqani leadership meeting."

The operation is part of a series of attacks on militants in the nation by U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus.

During a two-week period in early October, coalition forces battled groups of fighters from the Haqqani network crossing into Afghanistan from Pakistan.The groups were attempting to attack coalition and Afghan bases in the border region.

More than 120 Haqqani fighters were killed.

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August 30th, 2010
10:07 AM ET

Officials: 13 would-be suicide bombers killed

Afghan and coalition soldiers killed more than 30 insurgents, including 13 would-be suicide bombers, as they fought off assaults on two military bases and government buildings in eastern Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Sunday. FULL POST

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July 27th, 2010
07:46 AM ET

Strikes in eastern Afghanistan target Haqqani network militant

Afghan and international forces targeting a militant commander launched several "precision strikes" in eastern Afghanistan, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

The Monday strikes targeted a bunker complex in a remote area of Paktiya province, where intelligence sources believed the commander was hiding. It is not yet known whether the commander died. FULL POST

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June 14th, 2010
10:03 AM ET

Militant commander killed in offensive

A militant commander was one of several insurgents killed in a two-day
offensive last week in eastern Afghanistan, NATO's International Security
Assistance Force said on Monday.

Fazil Subhan, a Haqqani network commander, was killed in Khost province. The network has links to al Qaeda and the Taliban.

The network claimed responsibility with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan
militants for a December suicide attack against intelligence officers in Khost.

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April 8th, 2010
09:12 AM ET

Government: Police arrest 5, disrupt terror plot

KABUL, Afghanistan — Authorities in Afghanistan have arrested five people who they say were planning to carry out suicide attacks in the capital of Kabul.

Zemeri Bashari, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said the people arrested had suicide vests packed with explosives and additional explosives in an SUV. He said they were affiliated with the Haqqani network, a militant group with ties to the Taliban.

The people were driving from Logar province in a "high-profile Lexus vehicle" and counter-terrorism police arrested them in the village of Banhi Sar before they reached the interior of Kabul, Bashari said police helped avoid "a bloody attack."

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March 3rd, 2010
10:20 AM ET

Bad two months for the Taliban

I’ve lived in Pakistan for more than two years and this is the worst two-month stretch I’ve seen the Taliban suffer through during my stay. The Taliban are in a slump and much of it has to do with Pakistan’s top spy agency and Pakistani security forces turning up the heat. FULL POST

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February 19th, 2010
08:42 AM ET

Haqqani network commander killed in drone strike

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) - A suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region killed the son of a notorious al Qaeda-linked militant group leader, sources told CNN on Friday.

The pilotless aircraft fired two missiles at a militant compound in North Waziristan Thursday night and killed four people. One of them was Muhammad Haqqani, son of Jalaluddin Haqqani - whose militant network, known as the Haqqani network - is accused of targeting U.S. and international forces across the Afghan border from its base in Pakistan's rugged tribal region.  FULL POST

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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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