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Terrorists, freedom fighters, and the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani

By Scott Taylor      

The life of the founder of Afghanistan’s militant Haqqani network says a lot about the messy distinction between those perceived to be fighting for good and bad.

A Canadian corporal fires an assault rifle at the Kabul Military Training Centre in Afghanistan in November 2013. The Haqqani network of Islamic militants fought against Canada’s troops in Afghanistan during its combat mission there between 2001 and 2011. Canadian Armed Forces photograph by Sgt. Norm McLean
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OTTAWA—On Sept. 4, it was reported that Jalaluddin Haqqani had died. His claim to fame was the founding of a militant network in Afghanistan that is considered to be the most effective fighting element of the Taliban. Believed to be in his 70s, Haqqani’s passing will in no way affect the combat capability of his network, as he relinquished command of his fanatical fighters to his son Sirajuddin a decade ago. The Western media coverage of Haqqani’s death

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