Commander of Afghan Pro–Taliban Fighters Killed in Pakistani Drone Attack
Mohammed Haqqani, the brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani, was killed Friday in a drone attack in North Waziristan, along with several associates and a commander in the Haqqani network.The Haqqani network “are the main fighters in the eastern part of Afghanistan,” and have been blamed for several attacks in Kabul.
Sirajuddin’s father, Jalaluddin Haqqani, was an ally of the United States and Pakistan in the fight against Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Sirajuddin is believed to have close ties to al-Queda and Mullah Omar, the leader of the Afghan Taliban.
It is not known at the time if Sirajuddin Haqqani was killed in the drone attack, which was directed at his brother’s house, a known gathering place for members of the Haqqani network. The attack took place in Dandi Darpakhel village, where a missile strike in September 2008 killed at least 23 people. The US denies using drones to attack targets in Pakistan, and Pakistan claims that they attacks are a violation of its sovereignty. However, the US is the only known operator of drones capable of launching such attacks, and it is believed these attacks are targeted with information from Pakistani intelligence.
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