28 Facts About Jalaluddin Haqqani

1. Jalaluddin Haqqani joined the Hezb-i Islami Khalis in 1978 and becoming a mujahid in Afghanistan.

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2. Jalaluddin Haqqani speaks fluent Arabic and one of his two wives is from the United Arab Emirates10 —assets that have helped him raise a great deal of money from Saudi Arabia and individuals in the Persian Gulf.

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3. Jalaluddin Haqqani is believed to be influenced by radical Islamist principles drawn from the early Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which were prevalent among many of the religiously-motivated Afghan mujahideen of that time.

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4. Jalaluddin Haqqani is the commander, with son Sirajuddin, of the Haqqani network, which is believed to be based in Waziristan, Pakistan.

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5. Jalaluddin Haqqani retains considerable local popularity on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, and he is the most experienced Islamist leader in the region.

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6. Jalaluddin Haqqani was the commander, with son Sirajuddin, of the Haqqani network, which is believed to be based in Waziristan, Pakistan.

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7. Jalaluddin Haqqani refused their offers on the grounds that, as a Muslim, he was duty-bound to resist them, as "infidel invaders" just as he had the Soviets in earlier decades.

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8. Jalaluddin Haqqani was a key US and Pakistani ally in resisting the Soviet-backed Afghanistan.

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9. Jalaluddin Haqqani was an ethnic Pashtun from the Zadran tribe of Khost.

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10. Jalaluddin Haqqani distinguished himself as an internationally sponsored insurgent fighter in the 1980s during the Soviet–Afghan War, including Operation Magistral.

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11. Jalaluddin Haqqani eventually relinquished his leadership role, passing authority to his son and ideological heir, Sirajuddin.

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12. Jalaluddin Haqqani remained loyal to his Arab comrades, declaring jihad on the Americans.

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13. Jalaluddin Haqqani became a close friend of Osama bin Laden, who would go on to lead al-Qaeda, and remained one of his most steadfast allies.

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14. Jalaluddin Haqqani was among 10 mujahedin commanders who received funds directly from the CIA; money to others was funneled through Pakistan.

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15. Jalaluddin Haqqani is fluent in Persian, [45] Arabic, [46] Urdu and his native Pashto language.

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16. Jalaluddin Haqqani has very long and intimate roots, and a long history with bin Laden personally.

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17. Jalaluddin Haqqani … was a very important figure in the 1980s.

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18. Jalaluddin Haqqani has had a long history with Saudi, American and Pakistani intelligence agencies.

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19. Jalaluddin Haqqani is in the Taliban administration serving as "Acting Minister of Borders", and is known as a "key" official "with links to Arab militants.

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20. Jalaluddin Haqqani protected Osama bin Laden, and even helped him to establish a fighting force in Afghanistan.

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21. Jalaluddin Haqqani is close with Osama bin Laden and has had a long relationship with him that goes back to the Afghan-Soviet war.

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22. Jalaluddin Haqqani is one of the most important Taliban military commanders fighting against the Afghan government, and US forces in Afghanistan.

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23. Jalaluddin Haqqani was a significant figure in Afghanistan and had close ties to both the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

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24. Jalaluddin Haqqani was fluent in Persian, Arabic, Urdu and his native Pashto language.

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25. In October 2001, Jalaluddin Haqqani was named the Taliban's military commander.

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26. Jalaluddin Haqqani was not originally a member of the Taliban; in 1995, just prior to the Taliban's occupation of Kabul, he switched his allegiance to them.

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27. At that time, Jalaluddin Haqqani helped and protected Osama bin Laden, who was building his own militia to fight Soviet-backed Afghanistan.

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28. Jalaluddin Haqqani was one of them, and after being suspected of plotting against the government he went into exile and based himself in and around Miranshah, Pakistan.

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