The Buzz | Taliban say founder of Haqqani network dies in Afghanistan

The Buzz | Taliban say founder of Haqqani network dies in Afghanistan

The Buzz | Taliban say founder of Haqqani network dies in Afghanistan

He reportedly died after suffering from a chronic illness. This assumes significance as even in 2015 it used to be reported that Jalaluddin had died, but later Taliban rubbished the reports.

Haqqani achieved prominence as a guerrilla leader in the USA -backed campaign against Soviet forces occupying Afghanistan during the 1980s but later allied himself with the Taliban, fighting American troops after the Taliban were ousted in 2001.

Osama bin Laden and Abdullah Azzam both began their careers as volunteers for the Haqqani Network and trained to fight the Soviets. The United States declared the Haqqani network a terrorist organization in 2012, and it has been one of the fiercest opponents for US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan. While it operates in Afghanistan, the group's leadership is based in Pakistan. "Haqqani was ill and bed-ridden for the past several years".

The Haqqani network founder was born in 1938 in Paktiya province in a Zadran tribe family and was the elder among brothers and sisters.

American and Afghan officials, however, have said the network operates with the support of Pakistan's intelligence services, accusations Islamabad rejects.

The Haqqani network came to be during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s.

He was the only major mujahedin leader to join the Taliban and forged a close relationship with the late Taliban founder, Mullah Mohammad Omar. In 1995 he allied with the Taliban movement, which captured the capital from the mujahideen the next year.

Some analysts believe the Haqqanis work with IS - which at the same time is involved in a bloody turf war with the Taliban - to avoid blame and political blowback. He was considered an ideological godfather by many Taliban commanders.

With funds from bin Laden, Haqqani established dozens of radical religious schools along the Afghan-Pakistan border, spreading a fundamentalist Islamic ideology. First and most most vital the American citizens tried to woo him some distance from the Taliban.

Haqqani died Monday inside Afghanistan, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "Operationally, his death will not have an impact on the group", he stressed, adding that the senior Haqqani's role in recent years was more ideological. The network has been blamed for a series of excessive-profile assaults, alongside with bombings, assassinations, and commando-model raids on significant websites in Kabul.

Then a group emerged by the name of Taliban, comprising fighters who had fought for the US against Soviet forces. It did not give an exact time or place of death.

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