US adds Haqqani Network chief’s brother to global terrorist list
WASHINGTON (92 News) – The United States added the brother of the head of the Haqqani Network to its list of ‘specially designated global terrorists’ on Wednesday.
According to a statement issued by the US State Department, Haqqani Network has been accused of being involved in targeting US authorities and troops in Afghanistan.
The group’s leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani, has long been targeted by Washington. He now is joined by his brother, Abdul Aziz Haqqani.
Earlier, Sirajuddin Haqqani was appointed one of the two chiefs of Afghan Taliban last month.
“For several years, Aziz Haqqani has been involved in planning and carrying out improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan government targets,” the State Department said.
According to the statement, Aziz Haqqani also “assumed responsibility for all major Haqqani Network attacks after the death of his brother, Badruddin Haqqani.”
Aziz already had a $5 million US bounty on his head and the Haqqani faction has long been designated a “terrorist organization.”
He now joins his brother as subject to the seizure of any assets he may have in areas under US control, while Americans are banned from doing business with him.