The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed today that the Haqqani network leader providing material for the suicide attack on a Kabul hotel on Monday was killed in a precision air strike a day later.
Ismail Jan was the deputy commander of the Haqqani group in Afghanistan. He and several other members of the group were killed in an air strike on Tuesday in Gardez district, Paktiya province, south of Kabul.
The Haqqani network is an insurgent group affiliated to the Taliban, operating in Afghanistan and western Pakistan. It is considered one of the biggest threats to coalition forces in Afghanistan.
The Haqqani were responsible for Tuesday’s suicide attack on the Kabul Intercontinental Hotel, resulting in 12 dead. In addition, the group was blamed for several other high-profile attacks including the assassination of a regional governor in 2008.
Coalition forces learned the whereabouts of Jan through various channels, including former Taliban fighters, and after making shure that nobody else would get hurt in the operation, conducted the air strike that killed Jan. No civilians were hurt in the strike.
(Sources: International Security Assitance Force; 30 June 2011)