Former Afghan warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani died after years of illness. The afghan taliban in a statement announced haqqni’s death but no date or place of his demise is mentioned.
Rumors about Haqqani’s death have circulated for years. In its statement, the taliban called Jalaluddin an exemplary warrior. And among the great distinguished mujahid personalities of this era.
Haqqani, who founded his group dubbed by the western media as haqqani network in the 1970s, relinquished operational leadership of the group some years ago to his son sirajuddin haqqani, who is now deputy leader of the Afghan taliban. The network is known for complex, well-organized attacks on both afghan and U.S. Military as well as civilian targets. Jalaluddin Haqqani rose to prominence as a guerrilla leader in the U.S.-backed campaign against soviet forces occupying afghanistan but later allied himself with the taliban, fighting American troops after the taliban were ousted in 2001.