Excerpts of Interviews with Sirajuddin Haqqani

September 17th, 2011

After the recent Reuters interview with Siraj Haqqani, I shuffled through my archives to see if there is anything new in what he said. Below are a excerpts of a few interviews I did with him in 2010. You’ll see he covers similar ground. The Haqqanis are quite pragmatic and have an established track record [...]

The Battle For Pakistan: North Waziristan

April 19th, 2010

Militancy and Conflict in Pakistan Policy Paper
North Waziristan, the second-largest of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas, is the most important springboard for violence in Afghanistan today, much as it has been for decades. The most important militant group in the agency today is the Haqqani Network. The legendary Afghan mujahideen commander Jalaluddin Haqqani left his [...]

CIA Blast Blamed on Double Agent

January 6th, 2010

WASHINGTON — The suicide bomber who killed seven Central Intelligence Agency employees and contractors and a Jordanian intelligence officer was a double agent the CIA had recruited to provide intelligence on senior al Qaeda leadership, according to current and former U.S. officials and an Afghan security official.
The officials said the bomber was a Jordanian doctor [...]

In One Province, Taliban Revive

October 24th, 2009

By Yochi Dreazen and Anand Gopal
KABUL — The collapse of security in the southeastern Afghan province of Khost is highlighting the difficulties of trying to contain the Taliban.
In 2007 and early 2008, troops from the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division waged a long, bloody and seemingly successful campaign to push Taliban fighters and their allies from [...]

The Most Deadly US Foe in Afghanistan

May 31st, 2009

The Haqqani Network, born of the Russian war and nurtured by the CIA, is behind many of the spectacular insurgent assaults in Afghanistan.
Gardez, AFGHANISTAN – Sitting in an open field, three Taliban-allied insurgents carefully pore over a map of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.
“This is where we will be staying,” one says, pointing.
In the next [...]

Briefing: Who Are the Taliban?

April 16th, 2009

The umbrella organization includes many different groups fighting the Afghan government and Western forces.
Kabul, Afghanistan – As the Obama administration ramps up focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan, insurgents from both countries have teamed up to confront the rising US troop presence. While the insurgents often get labeled as the “Taliban,” in reality there are [...]

Key Afghan Insurgents Open to Talks

March 19th, 2009

The Haqqani Network has agreed to discuss a peace proposal with government-backed mediators.
Kabul, Afghanistan – As the Obama administration ponders reaching out to moderate Afghan insurgents, Kabul has opened preliminary negotiations with the country’s most dangerous rebel faction, the Al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network.
The group is accused [...]

Coordinated Kabul assault shows Taliban strength

February 12th, 2009

Insurgents attacked three government offices in a heavily fortified area Wednesday, a day before US envoy Holbrooke’s visit.
Kabul, Afghanistan – Insurgents attacked three government offices in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 26 and wounding nearly 60. The assault was one of the most complex [...]

Who Are the Taliban?

December 4th, 2008

The Afghan War Deciphered
If there is an exact location marking the West’s failures in Afghanistan, it is the modest police checkpoint that sits on the main highway 20 minutes south of Kabul. The post signals the edge of the capital, a city of spectacular tension, blast walls, and standstill traffic. Beyond this point, Kabul’s [...]