Haqqani Leader Denies Killing Rabbani

Monday, October 03, 2011

Afghanistan's security personnel run as they point their gun towards the building from where Taliban fighters attacked in Kabul on September 13, 2011. (MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Siraj Haqqani, a key leader of the Afghan militant group known as the Haqqani network, told the BBC over the weekend it was not responsible for the assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, the head of Afghanistan's High Peace Council. The Haqqanis, who in recent weeks have been blamed for an attack on the U.S. embassy in Kabul, have been described as "the Sopranos of the Afghanistan war" by The New York Times. The U.S. has long accused the Haqqanis of working for Pakistan's spy agency, the ISI.

Anand Gopal, Afghanistan correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, met and interviewed several members of the Haqqani network during his three years living in Afghanistan.

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