NATO troops have taken the highest commander of the terrorist network Hakkani caught. The grouping is regarded as the greatest threat to stability in the country.
The NATO-led ISAF Afghanistan has taken one of the leaders of the terrorist network Hakkani caught. Haji Mali Khan, the uncle of Hakkani leaders Siradschuddin Hakkani, had been taken during a mission in southeastern Afghanistan, the ISAF said. Although he was heavily armed, in Mali Haji Khan had shown resistance in Paktia province.
In Mali Haji Khan if it were the "highest Hakkani commander in Afghanistan." Isaf said the smash therefore a "significant milestone" in efforts to network the Hakkani. The grouping, which is allied with the radical Islamist Taliban, from the perspective of Americans now considered the biggest threat in Afghanistan.
The Hakkani network is blamed for numerous bloody attacks, including in the Afghan capital of Kabul. When his stronghold of North Waziristan is in the Pakistani-Afghan border region. The alliance is named after the clan chief Jalaluddin Hakkani who fought in the 1980s with the support of the U.S. secret service CIA against the Soviet troops in Afghanistan.
U.S. Chief of Staff Mike Mullen had accused Pakistan last week to support the Hakkani network and promote its intelligence about the violence in Afghanistan, including against U.S. soldiers. Mullen described the network as Hakkani armed wing of Pakistan's ISI. Pakistan threatened to end with a strategic partnership with the U.S., should continue to accuse Islamabad of supporting terrorism.