Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Haqqani History: Bin Ladin's Advocate Inside the Taliban

The Haqqani History: Bin Ladin's Advocate Inside the Taliban

New Documents -- Posted on 9/11 Anniversary -- Offer Partial View Inside Newly-Dubbed Terrorist Network

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 389
Posted - September 11, 2012

Edited by Barbara Elias-Sanborn

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Barbara Elias-Sanborn - 202/994-7000

Washington, D.C., September 11, 2012 -- In the wake of the State Department's recent designation of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Haqqani Network as a terrorist organization, declassified documents posted today -- on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks -- by the National Security Archive offer new insight into the Haqqani family's long history with militancy. The records on Network founder Jalaluddin Haqqani detail direct meetings between Haqqani and U.S. diplomats, his role as a Taliban military commander, and intimate ties to foreign militants, al-Qaeda connections, as well as his potentially critical function as a major advocate for Osama bin Laden within the Taliban administration.

The released documents include a confession from Haqqani that he had enjoyed very amicable relations with U.S. officials during the Soviet war in Afghanistan, but that the friendship soured after the 1998 U.S. bombing of a Haqqani-linked terrorist camp in Khost, Afghanistan, undertaken by President Bill Clinton in retaliation for al-Qaeda attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Although the U.S. decided to officially declare the Haqqani Network a terrorist organization only on September 7, 2012, Haqqani's ties to extremism and al-Qaeda date back to the Soviet intervention and the founding of al-Qaeda. All major leaders in the Haqqani group had already been identified as al-Qaeda and Taliban affiliates and sanctioned by the UN at the request of Washington.

The National Security Archive obtained the documents below through the Freedom of Information Act. As the U.S. government declassifies and releases more materials, the Archive will make them available, including through future Web postings.

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