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Jalaluddin Haqqani – media interview three years late?

May 4, 2011

By Tim Foxley


Amidst all the Bin Laden and Taleban Spring Offensive stories in the media and open sources, I only just picked this up.  A major pro-jihadi website (, (but the not official Taleban website) posted a long interview with Jalaluddin Haqqani on Friday 29th April.  It was picked up by a Pakistani newspaper and the interview reported in full.  The key themes to the interview were a long first section discussing and refuting rumours of Haqqani’s ill-health or demise, followed by a confirmation that the Haqqani network were fully behind Mullah Omar and that there were no divisions between Haqqani and the Taleban.  Beyond that, although it is an interesting read, nothing particularly significant, other than to note that it is rare for Haqqani to appear in the media and to give an interview.

One curious thing – at three points in the interview, reference is made to “more than seven years have passed since the Crusader occupation” and it turns out the interview was made in or around December 2008.  I wondered why the interview has been reprinted at this particular time – to raise Haqqani’s profile in the absence of anything more recent?  As a boost to the Spring operations?

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