Taliban Announce: Founder Of Much-Feared Haqqani Network Dies At 72

In this 1998 file photo, Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the militant group the Haqqani network, speaks during an interview in Pakistan. The Taliban say Haqqani, an ex-U.S. ally turned enemy, died Monday. He was 72.

A Taliban statement issued Tuesday says Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder of Afghanistan’s Haqqani network, and a former U.S. ally turned fierce enemy, died Monday after years of ill health.

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