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Founder of Haqqani network dies in Afghanistan, Taliban says

Founder of Haqqani network dies in Afghanistan, Taliban says
Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the militant group the Haqqani network, speaks Aug. 22, 1998, in Miram Shah, Pakistan. (Mohammed Riaz / Associated Press)

The Taliban says the Afghan Haqqani network founder, Jalaluddin Haqqani, an ex- U.S. ally turned fierce enemy, has died after years of ill health.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told the Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday that Haqqani died on Monday in Afghanistan.

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The elderly founder of Afghanistan's outlawed Haqqani network had been paralyzed for the last 10 years.

The Haqqani network was declared a terrorist organization by the United States in 2012.

Haqqani had not been heard from in several years, and reports of his death had been widespread in 2015.

In announcing Haqqani's death Tuesday, Mujahid called him a religious scholar and exemplary warrior.

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