Entries in Militant (2)


No Confirmation Yet on Whether Pakistani Militant Is Actually Dead

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- The "is he or isn't he dead" debate about a leading Pakistani militant continued on Monday as U.S. forces in Afghanistan could not verify if Badruddin Haqqani, the son of the founder of the Haqqani network, was killed in an air strike late last week.

The Afghans and Pakistanis seem to believe it's true while the Taliban says he's still alive.

Eliminating Badruddin Haqqani would definitely impair the group that bears his father's name because the militant has been blamed for coordinating attacks in Kabul and organizing other aspects of the criminal-terrorist enterprise, including kidnappings and suicide bombings, that has ties to both the Taliban and al Qaeda.

The Haqqani network, which was formed in Pakistan, has spread its activities to Afghanistan and is believed to be an even bigger threat to the stability of the government than the Taliban.

While Badruddin Haqqani's death, if true, is a plus, it's expected that his place would be taken over by an older brother.

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Pakistan Detains Senior Officer Suspected of Militant Ties

Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- Pakistan's army spokesman has confirmed that a senior army officer has been detained for suspected links with militant groups.

Brigadier Ali Khan was detained last month, subsequent to Osama bin Laden's death.

Khan, a one star army officer serving at Pakistan's army headquarters in Rawalpindi, "has been confined to his house" and is being questioned by army officials, according to spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas.

Formal charges have yet to be placed against Khan. Charges are pending on the interrogation findings.

It is not yet confirmed which militant groups to which he is accused of being linked.

This arrest follows reports by U.S. officials that Pakistan detained five Pakistanis for helping the CIA carry out the American commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden last month.

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