US designates Aziz Haqqani as ‘Global Terrorist’

Abdul Aziz Haqqani, a top leader of Pakistan-based Haqqani network, has been named as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ by the US for his involvement in planning and carrying out attacks against Afghanistan. Aziz Haqqani assumed the leadership role of the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network after the death of his brother Badruddin Haqqani.

In August 2014 the US had announced a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the location of Aziz. He is a senior member of the Haqqani Network and brother of Haqqani Network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani.

Points to Note
  • Abdul Aziz Haqqani has been involved in planning and carrying out improvised explosive device (IED) attacks against Afghan government targets.
  • The Haqqani Network has planned and carried out a number of significant kidnappings and attacks against US interests in Afghanistan, as well as Afghan government and civilian targets.
  • The Department of State designated the Haqqani Network as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation in September 2012.
  • The group is also blamed for several deadly attacks against Indian interests in Afghanistan.
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