Haqqani network militant killed, Afghanistan says
updated 3:15 PM EDT, Sun August 26, 2012
- Afghanistan says Badruddin Haqqani was behind attacks on the U.S. Embassy and Inter-Continental Hotel
- The Taliban denies reports that he was killed
- The U.S. State Department describes Haqqani as an operational commander of the Haqqani Network
- He accepted responsibility for kidnapping a New York Times reporter, according to the U.S. State Department
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A militant leader blamed for high-profile attacks in Afghanistan, including last year's 20-hour attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, has been killed, an Afghan official said Sunday.
Badruddin Haqqani was a leader of the Haqqani Network, a Taliban-affiliated group that operates from North Waziristan in Pakistan. His father, Jalaluddin Haqqani, founded the group.
Haqqani was killed in a drone attack in North Waziristan sometime before Friday, said Shafiquallh Tahriri, a spokesman for Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security. Evidence gathered afterward shows that he was killed, said Tahriri.
The Taliban denied the reports, saying Haqqani is alive and in good health in Afghanistan. "We don't have contact with the Haqqani network but we have information that this is just propaganda and Haqqani is alive," Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said.
But Tahriri insisted the killing "is a big achievement" for Afghanistan and for NATO. In addition to the 2011 assault on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Haqqani was also behind last year's attack on the Inter-Continental Hotel, said Tahriri.
The United States includes Haqqani on a list of terrorists and those who support terrorism.
A drone strike on Friday killed at least 10 militants, officials said, and a CNN count shows that there have been 30 suspected U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan this year. U.S. officials do not confirm such strikes.
"The Haqqani Network has been at the forefront of insurgent activity in Afghanistan, responsible for many high-profile attacks," says the U.S. State Department, which considers Badruddin Haqqani an operational commander.
He has helped lead insurgents and foreign fighters in attacks in southeastern Afghanistan, the State Department says. He is also "believed to be in charge of kidnappings for the Haqqani Network. In November 2008, Badruddin accepted responsibility for keeping New York Times reporter David Rohde hostage."
Rohde escaped in June 2009.
Established by Jalaluddin Haqqani in the wake of the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the group initially worked with the United States and its allies to expel the Soviets. Since suffering a stroke in 2005, Jalaluddin has essentially retired and his son, Sirajuddin, has taken command.
Senior Taliban leader killed in NATO airstrike
Shrapnel hits Dempsey's plane at Afghan base
Part of complete coverage on
updated 10:26 AM EST, Wed February 6, 2013
Advocates say the exam includes unnecessarily invasive and irrelevant procedures -- like a so-called "two finger" test.
updated 7:09 PM EST, Tue February 5, 2013
Supplies of food, clothing and fuel are running short in Damascus and people are going hungry as the civil war drags on.
updated 1:01 PM EST, Wed February 6, 2013
Supporters of Richard III want a reconstruction of his head to bring a human aspect to a leader portrayed as a murderous villain.
updated 10:48 AM EST, Tue February 5, 2013
Robert Fowler spent 130 days held hostage by the same al Qaeda group that was behind the Algeria massacre. He shares his experience.
updated 12:07 AM EST, Wed February 6, 2013
As "We are the World" plays, a video shows what looks like a nuclear attack on the U.S. Jim Clancy reports on a bizarre video from North Korea.
The relationship is, once again, cold enough to make Obama's much-trumpeted "reset" in Russian-U.S. relations seem thoroughly off the rails.
Ten years on, what do you think the Iraq war has changed in you, and in your country? Send us your thoughts and experiences.
updated 7:15 AM EST, Tue February 5, 2013
Musician Daniela Mercury has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide over a career span of nearly 30 years.
Photojournalist Alison Wright travelled the world to capture its many faces in her latest book, "Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit."
updated 7:06 PM EST, Tue February 5, 2013
Europol claims 380 soccer matches, including top level ones, were fixed - as the scandal widens, CNN's Dan Rivers looks at how it's done.
updated 7:37 AM EST, Wed February 6, 2013
That galaxy far, far away is apparently bigger than first thought. The "Star Wars" franchise will get two spinoff movies, Disney announced.
updated 2:18 AM EST, Fri February 8, 2013
It's an essential part of any trip, an activity we all take part in. Yet almost none of us are any good at it. Souvenir buying is too often an obligatory slog.