The Haqqani network is a militant Islamist group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is considered a branch of the Afghan Taliban, but operates independently from the organization and has a more diffuse command structure. The Rewards For Justice Program, United States Department of State, is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading directly to the arrest of Sirajuddin Haqqani. Haqqani is thought to stay in Pakistan, specifically the Miram Shah, North Waziristan, Pakistan, area. He is reportedly a senior leader of the Haqqani network, and maintains close ties to the Taliban and al Qaeda. Haqqani is a specially designated global terrorist.
The short list of the terrorist attacks perpetrated by the Haqqani network includes:
A). July 7, 2008: A car bomb explodes at the Indian embassy in Kabul, killing 54. The Haqqani network claims responsibility.
B). September 2011: The Haqqani network launches a nearly day-long assault on the U.S. embassy in Kabul and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). At least sixteen Afghan civilians, including six children, are killed in the attack.
C). October 2012: Militants allegedly affiliated with the Haqqani network kidnap Canadian citizen Joshua Boyle and his pregnant American wife, Caitlan Coleman, in Afghanistan. The couple give birth to three children during their five-year captivity.
D). July 15, 2014: The Haqqani network uses a truck to deliver a bomb to a crowded market in eastern Afghanistan, killing 72.
E). August 7, 2016: Haqqani gunmen dressed in Afghan military uniforms kidnap American professor Kevin King and Australian professor Timothy Weeks from the Kabul campus of the American University of Afghanistan.
F). May 31, 2017: A fake sewage tanker truck carrying 3,000 pounds of explosives explodes in a high-security district of Kabul, Afghanistan, killing 150 people and wounding 400.
Sirajuddin Haqqani (born 1973), also known as Mohammed Siraj, Khalifa Shahib, Sirajuddin Jallaloudine Haqqani, Halifa, Ahmed Zia, Cirodjiddin, or Arkani, is a Pashtun warlord who is the second-in-command of the Haqqani Network, under his father Jalaluddin Haqqani. FBI file info on Haqqani Haqqani born in1973 in Paktia Province, Afghanistan, to the Mujahideen commander Jalaluddin Haqqani. He aided his father in the 1990s against the Northern Alliance and became a high-ranking leader in the Haqqani Network under his father. Haqqani gained a base-of-operations in North Waziristan, Pakistan, and provided shelter to Al-Qaeda members. He also led cross-border attacks from Pakistan to Afghanistan. Sirajuddin Haqqani was believed to have been the mastermind of the 2008 bombing of a hotel in the Afghan capital of Kabul and is also suspected of being the perpetrator of an attempted assassination of President Hamid Karzai. He is believed to stay in Miram Shah (Miranshah) region of North Waziristan in the Federally-Administrated Tribal Areas of Pakistan.
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