September 8, 2008
It doesn’t pay to have worked with the CIA. Jalaluddin Haqqani apparently found that out after missiles fired by U.S. drones killed several of his wives, his sister-in-law, a sister, two nieces, eight grandchildren and a male relative in North Waziristan.
Haqqani is described as a Taliban leader with close ties to the dead Osama bin Laden.
A senior intelligence official said the militants killed were Pakistani and Afghan Taliban but locals said five of them were low-ranking al Qaeda operatives, including three Arabs,” reports the Associated Press. “Haqqani is a veteran of the U.S.-backed Afghan war against the Soviet invasion in the 1970s and 1980s, and his extended family had been living in North Waziristan since then. Haqqani’s links with bin Laden go back to the late 1980s.”
In other words, Haqqani was a CIA and Pakistan ISI asset. Arab and Muslim CIA assets are often killed for their mistaken loyalty, as the CIA keeps no friends.
As journalist Steve Coll told PBS’ Frontline, “There was always a question about whether Haqqani was really Taliban, because he hadn’t come out of Kandahar; he wasn’t part of the core group. And it was quite reasonable to believe after 9/11 that maybe he could be flipped…. [US officials] summoned him to Pakistan, and they had a series of meetings with him, the content of which is unknown.”
It appears Haqqani’s family was targeted because he went off the reservation and was allegedly involved in a plot in April of this year to assassinate installed Afghan president Hamid Karzai. As it turns out, Pakistan’s ISI was behind the assassination plot and probably handles Haqqani and his associates.
So, while the corporate media attempt to make the attack near Miranshah look like another courageous act in the never ending neocon GWOT, the real reason for mass murdering civilians has yet to be revealed.
Let’s call it what it is — another skirmish between two Mafia clans, one with trillions of dollars of advanced military equipment, the other existing somewhere around the 16th century.