Haqqanis behind Afghan attacks,says US official

We know where their leadership lives and we know where these plans are made.

Written by Agencies | Kabul | Published: April 20, 2012 12:25 am

The US ambassador to Afghanistan said Thursday that there is “no question” that the Haqqani network was behind this week’s brazen attacks on Kabul and other eastern cities and said Pakistan needs to do more to clamp down on the group’s safe havens.

The comments were the strongest yet from a US official blaming the attacks on the Haqqani network,an insurgent group based in Pakistan that is allied with the Taliban and al-Qaeda and has been described by American officials as the most dangerous in the Afghan war.

“We know where their leadership lives and we know where these plans are made. They’re not made in Afghanistan. They’re made in Miram Shah,which is in North Waziristan,which is in Pakistan,” US Ambassador Ryan Crocker said.

“We are pressing the Pakistanis very hard on this,” Crocker said,echoing statements from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton earlier this week. Clinton said on Tuesday that there were indications that the Haqqanis were involved.

Meanwhile,The Express Tribune reported that Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakeemullah Mehsud convened a meeting in North Waziristan tribal region,to plan targeted attacks to prevent the reopening of NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.

The article quoted an intelligence agency’s report,saying Mehsud convened a meeting with several senior commanders of the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban and al-Qaeda in North Waziristan Agency in the second week of February.

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