Terror Group Haqqani Emerges As Serious Player In New Taliban Regime

Anas Haqqani (R)with a above Afghan government official during a accommodated on new Afghan regime

Some of the Taliban's top leaders are acquisition in Kabul to altercate the accumulation of a new Afghan government -- including a adumbrative from the Haqqani network, the country's best feared terrorists.

The Haqqanis accept been abhorrent for some of the deadliest attacks in contempo years, claiming the lives of civilians, government admiral and adopted forces.

Despite their reputation, they are accepted to be able players in the new administration afterward the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan aftermost week.

The atramentous accumulation was formed by Jalaluddin Haqqani, who acquired bulge in the 1980s as a hero of the anti-Soviet jihad. At the time, he was a admired CIA asset as the United States and its allies such as Pakistan funnelled accoutrements and money to the mujahideen.

During that battle and afterward the Soviet withdrawal, Jalaluddin Haqqani fostered abutting ties with adopted jihadists -- including Osama bin Laden.

He afterwards affiliated with the Taliban who took over Afghanistan in 1996, confined as a abbot for the Islamist administration until it was agitated by US-led armament in 2001.

Jalaluddin Haqqani's afterlife afterwards a continued affliction was appear by the Taliban in 2018, and his son Sirajuddin formally became the network's chief.

Thanks to their banking and aggressive backbone -- and a acceptability for abomination -- the Haqqani arrangement is advised semi-autonomous while actual aural the Taliban fold.

Mainly based in eastern Afghanistan -- with declared bases beyond the bound in Pakistan's northwest -- the accumulation became added arresting in the Taliban administration in contempo years, and Sirajuddin Haqqani was appointed agent baton in 2015.

His adolescent brother Anas, already confined and bedevilled to afterlife by the antecedent Afghan government, has captivated talks with above admiral Hamid Karzai and ex-chief controlling Abdullah Abdullah back the abatement of Kabul aftermost weekend.

The Haqqani arrangement is abhorrent for some of the deadliest and best abominable attacks in Afghanistan during the aftermost two decades.

They accept been appointed a adopted agitator accumulation by the United States, and are additionally beneath United Nations sanctions.

The Haqqanis accept a acceptability for frequently application suicide bombers -- including drivers in cars and trucks arranged with huge amounts of explosives -- and accept approved the adeptness to backpack out complex, high-casualty assaults on above targets including aggressive installations and embassies.

In October 2013, Afghan armament intercepted a Haqqani barter in eastern Afghanistan that independent about 28 tonnes (61,500 pounds) of explosives, according to the US National Counterterrorism Center.

The Haqqanis accept been accused of assassinations -- including an attack adjoin then-president Karzai in 2008 -- and kidnappings of admiral and Western citizens, for bribe and banishment captive exchanges.

They accept additionally continued been doubtable of links with the Pakistani aggressive enactment -- US Admiral Mike Mullen declared them as a "veritable arm" of Islamabad's intelligence in 2011.

The Haqqanis accept additionally badly contributed to the Taliban's angry ranks, and are the group's "most combat-ready forces", UN monitors said in a June report.

The monitors additionally declared the arrangement as the "primary liaison" amid the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

The Haqqanis accept emerged as austere players in the Taliban's political activity with at atomic two of their leaders in Kabul as talks activate on basic the abutting government.

Sirajuddin Haqqani's academic acclivity to the agent baton position six years ago anchored that role, analysts say.

And the absolution of his brother Anas from Afghan aegis in 2019 was apparent as a move to advice kickstart the absolute US-Taliban talks that eventually led to the troop withdrawal.

Sirajuddin Haqqani alike wrote an op-ed in The New York Times aftermost year, analogue the Taliban's position on the US talks and the battle in Afghanistan -- admitting in adept tones that belied the network's agitated reputation.

While Anas Haqqani has captivated talks with Karzai, his uncle Khalil Haqqani was apparent arch prayers in Kabul on Friday.

Sirajuddin and Khalil are both still listed as capital by the United States, with millions of dollars in bounties on offer.

(Except for the headline, this adventure has not been edited by NDTV agents and is appear from a amalgamated feed.)

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