(Reuters) – Afghan forces have arrested the son of the feared Haqqani network’s founder along with a militant commander in charge of suicide attacks, a blow to the Taliban-linked Islamist group, Afghanistan’s intelligence service said Thursday.
The Haqqani network, which mainly operates out of Pakistan’s border areas, has been blamed for some of the deadliest and most sophisticated attacks on NATO and Afghan troops in Afghanistan.
Anas Haqqani was in charge of raising funds “from individuals from Arab countries” and recruitment through social media, the National Directorate for Security (NDS) said in a statement. He was arrested on Tuesday.
He is the son of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the former anti-Soviet guerrilla commander who founded the network, which professes obedience to Taliban leader Mullah Omar and also has ties to al Qaeda.
Anas Haqqani was also a special adviser to his brother, Sarajuddin Haqqani, the network’s leader, the NDS said. Jalaluddin Haqqani is reportedly in ill health and has given up most day-to-day control…
(Photo: Network’s founder Jalaluddin Haqqani. Reuters)
Think of them as a Mafia-style crime family who are also batsh*t crazy Islamoloons.