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JoFerret Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 01:26 PM
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Anti Soviet Holy Warrior now Taliban inspiration in Afghanistan
Edited on Sat Feb-21-04 01:27 PM by JoFerret

INZARKAI, Afghanistan : In the provinces of southeastern Afghanistan his name is already that of a legend -- but Jalaluddine Haqqani is not just an anti-Soviet mujahedin hero, he is also playing a key role in the Taliban.

His status was confirmed by his re-appointment as the man in charge of military operations for the ousted fundamentalist militia at a "shura rahbari", or supreme council, in March 2003 presided over by Mullah Omar, the one-eyed fugitive leader of the Taliban.

Little-known in the West, Haqqani has become the right-hand man to Mullah Omar in his drive to launch a "jihad" or holy war against troops of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan and the administration of President Hamid Karzai.
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