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NATO captures top Haqqani network elder

In International on October 2, 2011 at 5:49 pm

NATO forces say they have captured a man they described as a high-ranking member of the Haqqani network, the Pakistan clan the United States considers one of the biggest threats to bringing stability to Afghanistan.

The Afghan-led clan, which US officials have said has strong links with Pakistan’s top spy agency, is accused of launching an hours-long assault on the US embassy in Kabul last month.

NATO said the clan member, Haji Mali Khan, was the Haqqani network’s top figure inside Afghanistan, a ”revered elder” among the clan and an uncle of two of its top leaders. In a statement, the coalition called his capture a ”significant milestone” in its increasing efforts to damage the militant group.

via NATO captures top Haqqani network elder.

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