#AceNewsServices – AFGHANISTAN – October 16 – Two senior leaders of the Haqqani network have been captured by Afghan security forces, officials said Thursday.
Afghanistan Security forces captures two Senior Haqqani Commanders
The hardline group is behind sophisticated attacks on Afghan and NATO forces.
‘ Jalaluddin Haqqani ‘
The National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Afghan intelligence agency, arrested Anas Haqqani,
the son of the network’s founder Jalaluddin Haqqani, late Tuesday along with Hafiz Rashid, another commander, AFP reported.
“We hope that these two arrests will have direct consequences on the network and their center of command,” NDS spokesman Haseeb Sediqi said.
The Haqqani network was founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani — an Afghan guerrilla leader bankrolled by the United States to fight Soviet troops in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
Now in his 70s and frail, he is believed to live with his family in Pakistan.
In the 1980s Jalaluddin was close to the CIA and Pakistani intelligence. He allied himself to the Taliban after they took power in Kabul in 1996, serving as a cabinet minister under the militia’s supreme leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar.
When American troops arrived after the 9/11 attacks, Haqqani sought refuge in Pakistan’s tribal district of North Waziristan and became one of the first anti-US commanders based in the border areas.
He has training bases in eastern Afghanistan and is close to Al-Qaeda. His fighters are active across east and southeast Afghanistan and in the capital Kabul.
The network is militarily the most capable of the Afghan Taliban factions and operates independently but remains loyal to Mullah Omar.
Unidentified gunmen attacked and killed Nasiruddin Haqqani, the group’s chief fundraiser and another son of its founder, on the edge of Islamabad last year.
A car bomb attack that killed more than 40 people in the Urgun district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province in July was blamed on the Haqqani network.