February 19, 2010

Another Dead Haqqani?


ISLAMABAD The brother of senior Afghan Taliban commander Siraj Haqqani has been killed in a U.S. missile strike in northwestern Pakistan, Pakistani intelligence officials said Friday.

The death was the latest in a string of blows to militants operating in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan, including the capture in recent weeks of the Taliban's No. 2 leader, that together are seen as the most significant strike against the insurgents in years.

Mohammed Haqqani and three other close associates of Siraj Haqqani were killed when missiles struck a house on Thursday night in the Dande Darpa Khel area of North Waziristan, near the border with Afghanistan, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly to the media.

Again this is a Pakistani intelligence claim. Sometimes they pan out sometimes they don't.

What's clear is that the Taliban and al-Qaeda are under heavy pressure on both sides of the border. Even leading to a suicide bombing this week by one group against the other.

They are having a very bad go of it here lately.

By Howie at 05:33 AM | Comments |