Taliban confirm death of prominent Afghani guerrilla leader Jalaluddin Haqqani

Jalaluddin Haqqani

The revered guerrilla leader Jalaluddin Haqqani who founded the ‘Haqqani Network’ has died after several years of illness, the Afghan Taliban has confirmed.

Haqqani was a renowned “jihadi” figure in Afghanistan and had close ties to both the Afghan Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

His son is believed to have taken over control of the network in 2001.

The Haqqani Network has been behind many of the coordinated attacks on Afghan and NATO forces in recent years.

There were no specific details in the statement issued by the Afghan Taliban about the date or place of Haqqani’s death.

The statement read: “Just as he endured great hardships for the religion of Allah during his youth and health, he also endured long illness during his later years”.

Haqqani was the leader of Afghan guerrilla warfare against Soviet Union when they occupied Afghanistan in the 1980s.

U.S. officials admitted that at the time he was a prized asset of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

However, he later allied himself to the Taliban after they took power in Afghanistan in 1996.

In its statement, the Taliban called Haqqani an “exemplary warrior and among the great distinguished jihadi personalities of this era”.

The Haqqani Network was one of several armed factions that operated from the tribal areas along the Afghan-Pakistan border following the US-led military invasion, which toppled the Taliban in 2001.

 

As you’re here…

5Pillars have one humble request from you…

Thousands of Muslims around the world visit our website for news every day. Due to the unfortunate reality of covering Muslim-related news in a heightened Islamophobic environment, our advertising and fundraising revenues have decreased significantly.

5Pillars is editorially and financially independent, with no sectarian or political allegiance to any particular group or movement. Our journalism has been exclusively grassroots focussed and our sole purpose is to defend Islam and Muslims in the media.

This makes us unique in comparison to other online Muslim media outlets who are neither independently regulated by a reputable body nor are they managed by qualified journalists.

Our journalism takes time, money and effort to deliver. But we do it because we believe we have a duty to Allah (swt).

You may not agree or like everything we publish. However, which other Muslim news site that is run by experienced journalists will take on the responsibility of being a shield for Islam and Muslims in the media?

If you follow 5Pillars, and you understand its importance in today’s climate, then please support us for as little as £5 a month, it only takes a minute to make a donation. Jazakallah khayran.

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:“The best deeds are those done regularly, even if they are small.” [Ibn Mājah]

 

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT 5PILLARS

Add your comments below