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Drone Strike in Pakistan Targets Key Taliban Ally

Sirajuddin Haqqani of the infamous Haqqani network -- which, among other aspects of bloody rampage, took New York Times reporter David Rohde hostage -- may have

Daniel James
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Feb 18, 2010

Sirajuddin Haqqani of the infamous Haqqani network — which, among other aspects of bloody rampage, took New York Times reporter David Rohde hostage — may have been hit in the latest drone strike in Pakistan, Newsweek reports. DNA evidence will ultimately determine if Sirajuddin, son of the longtime guerrilla leader Jalaleddin Haqqani, was in a car incinerated by a missile fired from a remotely piloted plane.

Given how soon this drone strike comes after Pakistan aided in the arrests of deputy Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Barader and another senior Taliban official, Newsweek adds:

It was not immediately clear why the Pakistanis appear to be cooperating much more than they had in the past. However, the Pakistani government has grown more and more concerned about the danger to its own stability from extremist forces it once thought it could control. Pakistani officials may also want a greater say in forging a political solution in Afghanistan once the U.S. offensive is over.

Update, 4:21 p.m., Feb 19: Looks like the missile killed Sirajuddin’s brother Mohammed.

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