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Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaida leader, killed in US airstrike

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Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaida leader, killed in US airstrike

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda, has been killed by the US. At the time of the attack, Zawahiri was hiding in his house in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. The house in which Zawahiri was staying belonged to the leader of the Haqqani network and was close to Sirajuddin Haqqani, the Interior Minister in the Taliban government.

According to the American newspaper New York Times, after al-Zawahiri was killed, the Haqqani network tried to hide that the person killed was Zawahiri. The report quoted a US official as saying that the house where Zawahiri was killed belonged to a top aide of Sirajuddin Haqqani.

The Haqqani Network, a part of the Taliban government, has been a dreaded terrorist organization. The name of this terrorist organization has been involved in many terrorist attacks. Out of the three major incidents that made it the most headlines, two incidents are related to the major suicide attack on the Indian embassy.

The Haqqani network was started by Jalaluddin Haqqani, who hails from the Zadran Pashtun community of Afghanistan. Haqqani was first identified in the 1980s during Mujahideen’s war against Soviet forces. Jalaluddin then came in contact with the US intelligence agency CIA. This is where the Haqqani network started. It is said that after the departure of the Soviet army in 1979, this organization also fought the civil war in Afghanistan.

The Haqqani network has not always been in contact with the Taliban, but 1995 is said to have been the period when Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI first played a role in bringing the two terror groups together in Afghanistan. Since then, the Haqqani network and the Taliban have remained together.

Following the ill health of Haqqani network leader Jalaluddin Haqqani, his son Sirajuddin Haqqani took over the leadership of the organization. It is said that Jalaluddin Haqqani died in 2015, but many reports contradicting this also came out. Finally, in 2018, the Taliban announced on Twitter that Jalaluddin had died. However, the cause of his death was never revealed.

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