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Haqqani network behind Afghan truck blast: Pentagon

Posted by The Agonist on September 12th, 2011

From our partners at The Agonist

David Alnder | Washington | Sept 12

Reuters – The Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network was behind a truck bombing that killed four Afghan civilians and wounded 77 U.S. troops on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the Pentagon said on Monday.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack in Wardak province, 30 miles south of the capital. The bombing occurred hours after the Taliban issued a September 11-related statement blaming the United States for the bloodshed in Afghanistan.

“This was of course a deplorable attack against a combat outpost in Wardak and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms,” Pentagon spokesman George Little said. “We believe that the perpetrators were from the Haqqani network. … This is totally unacceptable behavior and we call on these kind of attacks to cease.”

The Haqqani network is a militant group allied with the Taliban that was started by Jalaluddin Haqqani, who rose to prominence in the 1980s receiving weapons and funds from the CIA and Saudi Arabia to fight Soviet forces in Afghanistan.

Although considered to be a part of the larger Taliban umbrella organization headed by Mullah Omar and his Quetta Shura Taliban, the Haqqanis maintain their own command and control and lines of operation.
Little declined to detail what evidence the U.S. government has to suggest Haqqani network involvement in the incident, which involved a large bomb hidden in a truckload of firewood.

“Suffice it to say that we have strong confidence that they were involved,” he said. “There is a very strong likelihood that top Haqqani leadership supported and were aware of the attack.”

Strong confidence? alrighty then lol

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