One of the worst jihadists on Earth has died

If you keep up with the news, you’ve probably heard of most  Earth's most notorious Islamic terror groups - Al Qaeda, ISIS, Boko  Haram, Al Shabaab, Hezbollah, Hamas and the Taliban... but what about  the lesser known but equally important Haqqani Network?

Technically,  the Haqqani Network, a guerrilla insurgent group from Afghanistan, is  part of the Taliban, although they operate independently.  Not  surprisingly, their main enemies are the US-led NATO forces and the  government of Afghanistan.

In the 1980s, the Haqqani network was  closely aligned with the CIA because of their anti-Soviet agenda. The  Haqqani network actually got quite a bit of their funding from the  Reagan administration.

But all of that changed after 9-11-01 and,  in 2012, President Obama's military designated the Haqqani network as a  terrorist group (which seems like something that should have happened  about 11 years earlier).

For the past few decades the leader of  the Haqqani Network was Mawlawi Jalaluddin Haqqani.  "Mawlawi" is an  honored Islamic religious title given to Muslim religious scholars.

Born  in 1939, Mawlawi Jalaluddin Haqqani worked with the CIA throughout the  1980s in an effort to get the Soviets out of Afghanistan. As far as we  know Haqqani received tens of thousands of dollars from the CIA  (probably more) as well as getting frequent handouts from various Arab  nations. Some reports claim he actually made plans to meet with  President Reagan. Whether or not that meeting ever happened is unknown.

Besides  being friends with the CIA and President Reagan, Haqqani had another  controversial friend - Osama Bin Laden. Not only did the two work  closely together to create their jihadist movement, Haqqai actually  protected Osama Bin Laden, who was building another militia in an  attempt to fight off the Soviets (you've probably heard of it - he named  the group Al-Qaeda).

This was a violent and deadly time in  Afghanistan - the war with Russia lasted years. Some of the events from  that war (Operation Magistral) have been fictionalized in the movie The  9th Company and a video game called The Truth About 9th Company. 

In 1988 Haqqani finally got his wish, and the Soviets eventually left Afghanistan after signing the Geneva Accords.

The Taliban took over Afghanistan in 1996 and the Haqqani Network became part of the group’s military offensive strategy. 

However, by 2004 all of that had changed. In a post 9-11-01  world, the Haqqani Network has been one of the US's fiercest enemies.  Haqqani spent the remaining years of his life training jihadists to  fight in Afghanistan, supposedly from a secret compound in Pakistan.

Because  of Haqqani's fluency in Arabic, he kept close ties over the years with  leaders in Arabic countries for recruitment and funding purposes.  In a  way, he’s kind of like the Nancy Pelosi of the Jihadist movement  (because he’s great at fundraising). 

The US tried many times to kill Haqqani though drone strikes and NATO military missions, but to no avail.

Earlier  this week, on September 3rd, the Taliban released a statement via  Twitter to announce Haqqani's death. They claim he died from terminal  illness, not a drone strike or NATO military engagement. According to  the Taliban, he has been bedridden for the past several years.  Considering he was born in 1939, and he spent his life as a Jihadist,  it's incredible that he lived as long as he did. 

Good riddance to  bad rubbish. Haqqani was little more than a pirate. He didn’t care who  paid him, as long as he could wreak havoc, gather booty, and get paid.

But, in the end, death always wins. 

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