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05-15-2010, 03:48 AM
Gentlemen (and Ladies):

I am looking for some information on the Haqqani Network (open source) in regards to organizational structure, operational cells and history. Most of what I have been able to find has been cursory at best.

Thanks in advance for any references.

05-15-2010, 04:36 AM
Try this link here (http://www.nps.edu/Academics/centers/ccc/publications/OnlineJournal/2008/Jul/steinbergJul08.html)

Some friends just completed some research updating the tribes and networks.

05-15-2010, 06:10 PM
Recently from the NEFA Foundation:

Al Somood: “Jalaluddin Haqqani, a Legend in the History of the Afghanistan Jihad, Part 1” (http://www.nefafoundation.org/miscellaneous/Haqqani%201.pdf) (PDF)

The NEFA Foundation has obtained an article titled, “Jalaluddin Haqqani, a Legend in the History of the Afghanistan Jihad, Part 1”, from Al-Somood, a monthly Islamic magazine published by the Taliban’s media center. As the leader of the Haqqani network – along with his son Sirajuddin – Jalaluddin Haqqani, according to the document, “remains immersed with great effectiveness in the fighting against the Americans and their allies in Afghanistan” and is “regarded as one of the most prominent figures of both the period of Jihad against the communists and the Soviet invasion (1978 – 1992).” The document, the first in a two part series, draws on “real-life stories, based on the accounts of his closest friends, students and brothers in Jihad.”

Al Somood: “Jalaluddin Haqqani, a Legend in the History of the Afghanistan Jihad, Part 2” (http://www.nefafoundation.org/miscellaneous/Haqqani%202.pdf)(PDF)

The NEFA Foundation has obtained the second part of an article titled, “Jalaluddin Haqqani, a Legend in the History of the Afghanistan Jihad, Demolishing the Myth of the Red Army in Paktia”, from Al-Somood, a monthly Islamic magazine published by the Taliban’s media center.

05-15-2010, 06:25 PM
Thomas Ruttig. Haqqani network (‘Loya Paktia's Insurgency: The Haqqani Network as an Autonomous Entity in the Taliban Universe’) in: Antonio Giustozzi (ed.), Decoding the New Taliban: Insights from the Afghan Field, London: Hurst, 2009.
"Unravelling Haqqani's net", Jane's Terrorism and Security Monitor, 30-Jun-2009.

From The Jamestown Foundation:
The Haqqani Network and Cross-Border Terrorism in Afghanistan (http://www.jamestown.org/single/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Bswords%5D=8fd5893941d69d0be3f378576261 ae3e&tx_ttnews%5Bany_of_the_words%5D=haqqani&tx_ttnews%5Bpointer%5D=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=4804&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=7&cHash=7ceae20653), by Imtiaz Ali. Terrorism Monitor, Volume: 6 Issue: 6; March 24, 2008.
Jalaluddin Haqqani Challenges Mullah Omar’s Leadership of the Taliban (http://www.jamestown.org/single/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[swords]=8fd5893941d69d0be3f378576261ae3e&tx_ttnews[any_of_the_words]=haqqani&tx_ttnews[pointer]=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=5026&tx_ttnews[backPid]=7&cHash=1e9429d4f8), by Waliullah Rahmani. Terrorism Focus, Volume: 5 Issue: 25; July 1, 2008.

The road to perdition (http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/the-road-to-perdition-20090925-g6bh.html), by Paul McGeough. Brisbane Times, September 26, 2009.
Behind Afghanistan's rising attacks, 3 men (http://articles.latimes.com/2008/oct/01/world/fg-warlords1), by Greg Miller. Los Angeles Times, October 01, 2008.

05-16-2010, 04:36 PM
LWJ (http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2009/02/al_qaedas_paramilita.php)

CFR (http://www.cfr.org/publication/18893/six_experts_on_negotiating_with_the_taliban.html) (take with salt)

ISW (http://www.understandingwar.org/region/regional-command-east) for studying outliers and their overview. (http://www.understandingwar.org/themenode/haqqani-network)

Custom search (http://www.google.com/custom?hl=en&client=google-coop&cof=FORID:13;AH:left;CX:Close%2520Danger%2520Intel ;L:http://www.google.com/intl/en/images/logos/custom_search_logo_sm.gif;LH:30;LP:1;LC:%233300FF; VLC:%23551A8B;GALT:%23660000;DIV:%23330000;&cx=014430595653968177949:b2xuchdx8m0&adkw=AELymgXB6oDAaVTMIqVpWRbJKu9EC9Pt6GxZQWQWTMOn6 o-q7_PZvdcmIxLJyIXu4e4AH7YZ-T4JDxDZdoAUJxp72Ah1nXrVbz26YjYtvzU7e6vY-Ss5Xmk&boostcse=0&q=Haqqani+Network+organizational+structure&start=0&sa=N)

05-17-2010, 07:23 AM

Thank you for the references (some which I had and some which are new).

05-19-2010, 02:07 AM
Here is one of the more detailed ones that I have found:


SWJ Blog
05-12-2011, 02:00 PM
After Bin Laden: Confronting the Haqqani Network in Kurram (http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/2011/05/after-bin-laden-confronting-th/)

Entry Excerpt:

After Bin Laden: Confronting the Haqqani Network in Kurram
by Reza Jan

Download the Full Article: After Bin Laden: Confronting the Haqqani Network in Kurram (http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/journal/docs-temp/760-jan.pdf)

Information gleaned after the killing of Osama bin Laden seems to indicate that bin Laden was much more centrally involved in running al Qaeda. Even so, his death is not a decisive blow to the network and it would be wrong to hail it as such. In fact, al Qaeda’s enduring links to other militant Islamist groups in the region and the expansion of the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani Network’s operational territory inside Pakistan serve to broaden the group’s room to maneuver and increase its survivability.

Download the Full Article: After Bin Laden: Confronting the Haqqani Network in Kurram (http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/journal/docs-temp/760-jan.pdf)

Reza Nasim Jan (http://www.criticalthreats.org/users/rjan) is the Pakistan Team Lead at the American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project (http://www.criticalthreats.org/) and a co-author of the new report The Haqqani Network in Kurram: The Regional Implications of a Growing Insurgency (http://www.criticalthreats.org/pakistan/reza-jan-jeffrey-dressler-haqqani-network-in-kurram-may-9-2011)

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10-31-2011, 01:56 PM
The Haqqanis, or the Pak Army/ISI, same difference, just blew a number of Americans to bits in Kabul. Apparently, they weren't nearly as impressed with the Sec. of State, the Chairman of the JCS and the director of the CIA as the blind rats inside the beltway thought they would be.

08-04-2012, 09:32 PM
Hat tip to Circling The Lion's Den for the pointers to two studies, the first on ' Haqqani Network Financing: The Evolution of an Industry' for CTC @ West Point by Gretchen Peters:
Her groundbreaking study shows in some detail how this remarkable Afghan clan has been able to build up unique cash-generating business enterprises to finance its very effective campaign against the Karzai government and its Western allies. From its base in Pakistan's North Waziristan - where it exists with the blessing of the ISI - the Haqqanis have created a mafia-like empire that now stretches across Pakistan and into the Gulf.

Link to report:http://www.ctc.usma.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/CTC_Haqqani_Network_Financing-Report__Final.pdf

Secondly, from a rather unusual angle IMO:
The European Asylum Support Office has published a report on Afghanistan aimed at providing information to support government officials who assess asylum applications from Afghan nationals....gives an overview of Taliban strategy for the recruitment of fighters......Many interesting little nuggets in this report which also contains a very detailed bibliography.

Link to report:http://www.statewatch.org/news/2012/jul/easo-report-taliban-recruitment.pdf

Link to Circling The Lion's Den:http://circlingthelionsden.blogspot.co.uk/

SWJ Blog
09-06-2012, 07:30 PM
Politics, Strategy and the Haqqani Network (http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/politics-strategy-and-the-haqqani-network)

SWJ Blog
09-07-2012, 10:40 PM
DOD Welcomes Designation of Haqqani Network as a Terrorist Group (http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/dod-welcomes-designation-of-haqqani-network-as-a-terrorist-group)

03-14-2013, 03:02 PM
Breaking Up Is Not Hard to Do - Why the U.S.-Pakistani Alliance Isn't Worth the Trouble (http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/138845/husain-haqqani/breaking-up-is-not-hard-to-do?page=show), by Husain Haqqani. Foreign Affairs, March/April 2013.

With the United States and Pakistan at a dead end, the two countries need to explore ways to structure a nonallied relationship. They had a taste of this in 2011 and 2012, when Pakistan shut down transit lines in response to a NATO drone strike on the Afghan-Pakistani border that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. But this failed to hurt the U.S. war effort; the United States quickly found that it could rely on other routes into Afghanistan. Doing so was more costly, but the United States' flexibility demonstrated to Islamabad that its help is not as indispensable to Washington as it once assumed. That realization should be at the core of a new relationship. The United States should be unambiguous in defining its interests and then acting on them without worrying excessively about the reaction in Islamabad.

The new coolness between the two countries will eventually provoke a reckoning. The United States will continue to do what it feels it has to do in the region for its own security, such as pressing ahead with drone strikes on terrorist suspects. These will raise hackles in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, where the Pakistani military leadership is based. Pakistani military leaders might make noise about shooting down U.S. drones, but they will think long and hard before actually doing so, in light of the potential escalation of hostilities that could follow. Given its weak hand (which will grow even weaker as U.S. military aid dries up), Pakistan will probably refrain from directly confronting the United States.

A provocative article from Pakistan's former Ambassador to the US. Some context about the author:

Commentary: Geopolitical conundrum (http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Analysis/de-Borchgrave/2013/02/22/Commentary-Geopolitical-conundrum/UPI-30321361531048/), by Arnaud de Borchgrave. UPI.com, Feb. 22, 2013.

07-06-2013, 09:48 PM
A report by Bill Roggio, based on a Pakistani newspaper story:
An al Qaeda military commander and a Haqqani Network leader are among 17 jihadists who are reported to have been killed in a US drone strike that took place earlier this week.


Note the Haqqani group appears in many threads and one point of reference, originally a RFI, has been moved to this area. It may contain points of reference:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/showthread.php?t=10387

07-31-2015, 03:40 PM
It must be the week to say leaders are dead:
Chief of the Haqqani militant network and father of Sirajuddin Haqqani, Jaluluddin Haqqani, died almost a year ago of natural causes and was buried in Afghan province of Khost, according to reliable sources among the Afghan Taliban.While news of Jalaluddin Haqqani's death had been making rounds for almost a month now, multiple credible sources in Taliban confirmed today that he had died of illness almost a year ago.
The militant group has not officially given out a statement over Haqqani's demise yet.
Sources, however, say Sirajudin Haqqani, Jalaluddin's son, has been running the militant network for over a year now, ever since his father's illness.Link:http://www.dawn.com/news/1197598/jalaluddin-haqqani-is-dead-say-taliban-sources

The Haqqani group was (is) noted as a very capable insurgent group and were loyal to Mullah Omar. Their name appears on many threads and there is an old (2011) RFI thread on them:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/showthread.php?t=10387

SWJ Blog
06-02-2017, 05:13 AM
What Is the Haqqani Network? (http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/what-is-the-haqqani-network)

SWJ Blog
11-12-2017, 10:50 PM
The Haqqani Network: International Friends, Local Enemies (http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/the-haqqani-network-international-friends-local-enemies)

11-17-2017, 12:12 PM
Prompted by the previous SWJ Blog article a "lurker" and SME has added that the Haqqani Network were forced out of their long established base in North Waziristan, by Pakistani Army action and relocated to the Khurram Agency, further north. Under some "guidance" from the Pakistani ISI.

Recently the network has sought permission to return to North Waziristan, but this has been denied by Pakistan. Those who have tried, invariably with forged documents, have been caught and returned.

At times drones have hit the Khurram Agency; apparently not as often as a few years ago.

Finally a small number of posts have been copied to here, from assorted threads and three small threads have been merged.:)