US tries to stem funds to Haqqani network commander

By AFP
Published: August 16, 2011

Affiliated with the Taliban, the Haqqani network is considered the most dangerous enemy of US troops in eastern Afghanistan. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON: United States said on Tuesday that it has taken actions aimed at stemming the flow of funds and other aid to a commander of the militant Haqqani network which operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton designated commander Sangeen Zadran under an executive order signed by President George W. Bush in 2001 in a bid to block funds to suspected terrorists, the State Department said.

“As a result of the designation, all property subject to US jurisdiction in which Sangeen has any interest is blocked and US persons are prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him,” it added.

He is also blacklisted under the UN 1988 Sanctions Committee, which the State Department said requires all UN member states to enforce an assets freeze, a travel ban, and an arms embargo against Zadran.

“Zadran is the shadow governor for Paktika Province, Afghanistan and a commander of the Haqqani Network,” based in North Waziristan Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, it said.

Affiliated with the Taliban, the Haqqani network is considered the most dangerous enemy of US troops in eastern Afghanistan.

It was founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani and is run by his son, Sirajuddin, both of them already designated “global terrorists” by Washington.

The network has been blamed for some of the deadliest anti-US attacks in Afghanistan, including a suicide attack at a US base in the eastern province of Khost in 2009 that killed seven CIA operatives.

“Zadran helps lead fighters in attacks across southeastern Afghanistan, and is believed to have planned and coordinated the movement of hundreds of foreign fighters into Afghanistan,” the State Department said.

It linked Zadran to many attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and suspected him of having orchestrated the kidnappings of Afghans and foreign nationals in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region.

Sangeen also acts as a senior lieutenant to Sirajuddin Haqqani, the State Department said.

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Reader Comments (30)

  • Cautious
    Aug 16, 2011 - 8:57PM

    The USA should quit footing around — large military strike in N Waziristan is overdue — if Pakistan can’t/won’t control Waziristan then they lose any legitimate right to consider it sovereign territory.Recommend

  • Imran Mohammad
    Aug 16, 2011 - 9:18PM

    @Cautious, you should change your screen name to @blowhard or @hotair. North Waziristan is just an excuse for grand US failure in Afghanistan. Situation on the ground will not change. What needs to be understood is that US is occupying a foreign country and resistance to that is growing not receding as US military leaders claim.

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  • Gul Khan
    Aug 16, 2011 - 10:09PM

    USA is only interested in eliminating the Haqqani Network and not at all Tehreek Taliban Pakistan. The destruction to Pakistan due to TTP which is funded by USA is more than the destruction due to the Haqqani network to NATO forces in Afghanistan. USA shall first stop sponsoring TTP if it is really serious in bringing peace in the region.

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  • ba-ha
    Aug 16, 2011 - 10:25PM

    Ask them to move to US currency bad times will follow automatically

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  • Hedgefunder
    Aug 16, 2011 - 10:51PM

    @Cautious:
    Agree with you fully !! Why pussyfoot this situation anymore, they know where these cockroaches are just simply storm in and take them out, its quite obvious that Pakistanis are simply not going to act against these people !!!!
    Furthermore guess it won’t cost billions to do it either !!!!

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  • atif
    Aug 16, 2011 - 11:00PM

    USA lost, like USSR :)

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  • Imran Mohammad
    Aug 16, 2011 - 11:57PM

    @Hedgefunder my above comments apply to you as well. May US should hire you and @Cautious and send both of you to NW, so that you can exterminate Haqqanis with the hot air you blow. All we need is arm chair warriors like you !!!

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  • RealityCheck
    Aug 17, 2011 - 12:14AM

    Good luck with that policy I am sure Sangeen is very worried about losing his non existent assets in the US or may be the house he mortgaged from Bank of America. Get real and get out of Afghanistan, such blame game wont make any difference on the ground. US has lost it completely.Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed
    Aug 17, 2011 - 12:43AM

    It should be fairly evident by now that all these terrorists are well-funded, whatever the source. After an intial flurry of activity post-9/11 when there was a crack-down on the supply of money, the pressure appears to be have been taken off. At least that is my impression.

    Surely the best way to snuff out their jihadi passion is to choke their sources of funding. Apart from the actual physical movement of large quantities of cash which can be cumbersome, I am inclined to think much of the money moves electronically. If they can figure out who hacked into the IMF and/or the US Defense Department with their multiple fail-safe fire-walls, I do not see how difficult tracking money down for the jihadi’s can be.

    Nothing like a starving jihadi if we want to win this battle. He will quietly go home and get back to farming — and in the case of Afghanistan, planting poppy.Recommend

  • rational_thinker
    Aug 17, 2011 - 12:51AM

    @Atif.. if you are smiling thinking that USA losing the war in Afghan is good for Pak then only god should save you from your naïvete

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  • Sajida
    Aug 17, 2011 - 1:03AM

    US knows this can only be partially effe4ctive. Hawala funds can circumvent this and they know about that in DC.
    http://www.gdrc.org/icm/hawala.html
    @Meekal Ahmed Some of that funding is coming inadvertently from US itself.
    http://kabulpress.org/my/spip.php?article62526
    Petraeus Fired Admiral Who Tried to Cut Taliban Funding
    REAR ADMIRAL KATHLEEN DUSSAULT TRIED TO STOP $400 MILLION DIVERSION PER YEAR TO THE TALIBAN

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  • Domlurian
    Aug 17, 2011 - 1:07AM

    @Imran Mohammad,
    What you need to understand, my friend, is that it is you, Pakistan, that is occupying a foreign country – Afghanistan. You have been occupying it since the late 80s and 90s with the Taliban(fully funded by you). And you still want to occupy Afghanistan after the US leaves the region. That is your concept of ‘strategic depth’.
    One day the Afghans are going to get back at you – and it will be worse than how they get back at the US.

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  • Nauman Ghauri
    Aug 17, 2011 - 1:10AM

    Lets wait for 2014!

    Laughing Out LOUDLY @ NATO FOUR SIS(ters)

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  • Domlurian
    Aug 17, 2011 - 1:11AM

    And @Cautious is right, it seems as if Pakistan Govt/Army itself doesn’t consider North/South Waziristan as its sovereign territory – the way they have ceded it to militants from all over the world, just like they ceded a part of Kashmir to China.

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  • Tariq
    Aug 17, 2011 - 7:58AM

    @Imran Mohammad: When the US leaves you guys will be complaining that the US left you alone

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  • BruteForce
    Aug 17, 2011 - 7:58AM

    @Gul Khan:

    Your lack of memory is astounding. Who killed Baitullah Mehsud? It was the US. Not your brave Army, who said they dont want to go in and get him.

    Now, all of a sudden you claim they are sponsoring TTP? You created the monster that has now turned on you, stop blaming others for your mistakes.

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  • BruteForce
    Aug 17, 2011 - 8:08AM

    If Pakistan doesn’t take any action now in North Waziristan, similar to the one they have taken in the South then it will be too late. When the US will pullout in 2014 it will put the blame sorely on Pakistan.

    Tell me, what stops the World’s sole Super Power to sanction Pakistan? I am sure Country’s like Japan, South Korea, India will follow suit, followed by the EU! That is more than half of World’s GDP right there..

    I see very bad days for Pakistan after 2014. I am dead sure China will not step into the US shoes. China just doesn’t think that way. Look at North Korea “supported” by China and South Korea supported by the US. They both are completely different Countries now, following different trajectories. Pakistan has to choose if it wants to be a North Korea.

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  • Hasan
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:15AM

    @atif:
    I think you have forgotten to add that Pakistan has also lost!

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  • Hasan
    Aug 17, 2011 - 9:16AM

    @atif:
    And where the USA and the former USSR can and did walk away, Pakistan has not were to go.

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  • Imran Mohammad
    Aug 17, 2011 - 6:57PM

    @Domlurian

    What? Pakistan occupying Afghanistan? Are you smoking something, my friend? I know ‘stuff’ is available aplenty in Afghanistan. Let me jog your memory, I am sure you have forgotten. Who gave refuge to millions of Afghanis when Soviets invaded you? Who helped to get your country back and suffered as a consequence? India? Answer these questions and then we will talk further.

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  • Dr SA khan student
    Aug 17, 2011 - 7:50PM

    Why on earth the worlds super power with all it might,with all its air power,marines,seals,Delta forces…..+ alliance of 49 countries in NATO and ISAF + everything on earth cant fight a rag tag people of mast Qalandars………….Some one please explain me on this forum.

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  • Hedgefunder
    Aug 17, 2011 - 10:19PM

    @Dr SA khan student:
    Its very simple, because they run across the borders and the partners are rather reluctant to take any action on their side of the border !!!
    Give US & ISAF, Carte Blanche to crossover to chase these people and see the results !!!
    Trust me it will all be over within months not years.
    Its just the fact that US has got lousy and deceiving Partners in this War!!!!

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  • Maulana Diesel
    Aug 18, 2011 - 7:51AM

    @hedgefunder…yeah it wont cost billions but infact it will cost trillions!
    This is the going rate for a war to the US tax payer.

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  • Maulana Diesel
    Aug 18, 2011 - 7:57AM

    LOL…@Hedgefunder, the idiot, says give them (NATO/US) carte blanche and the war will be over in 1 month. I know the markets are volatile and you are losing money left and right does not mean you should start smoking the gaanja!

    The US have had carte blanche in Afghanistan/Iraq and Libya and after spending 2 trillion dollars they have nothing but losses.

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  • Abu Dajana
    Aug 18, 2011 - 8:32AM

    @Dr SA khan student:
    Because they cant!!!! No one could master this feat in the past and no superpower will be in the future. Allah o Akbar!

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  • Hedgefunder
    Aug 18, 2011 - 12:35PM

    @Maulana Diesel:
    I think your accounting is rather flawed, just like everything else form Pakistan !! We are not talking about a well trained sophisticated Army here, but a bunch of rag tags walking around with rocket launchers and AK47s !!!
    Rest assure that given the freedom to operate, US & ISAF can handle this matter at fraction of what its costing at present and deliver the goods in contructive time frame too !!!

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  • saeed
    Aug 18, 2011 - 7:45PM

    @Hijdayfunder…..you people dont know any thing and just make senseless comments with all the propoganda news in indian and american media..the only time pass you guys have these days is to come on ET and comment on these kinds of articles..insanity..Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Aug 18, 2011 - 9:27PM

    @saeed:
    So you are suggesting that you are very enlightened??
    So what do you read? Where do you get your info from??
    Trust me i have far more reliable sources to tap, than you!!!
    I was out there at begining of the year with trade delegation as to understand the problems on ground, spent over a week there!!!

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  • saeed
    Aug 19, 2011 - 4:08AM

    @Hijdayfunder..what are you talking about…how insane and stupid one can become..you are saying you know situation on ground well then pakistanis them selve…yes definately you came for one week and spent all the time at the tribal belt of pakistan with taliban and youhave VERY RELIABLE resources alsoo waoo..man have some sense in your comments…I feel pity on people like you…I would have given a detail comment but I know its not worth it in return of a juvenile comment..

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  • Hedgefunder
    Aug 19, 2011 - 9:47PM

    @saeed:
    Trust me our reliable sources are more worthy than the confusions that is fed to you by your local media !!! You know why? Because they don’t mind calling Spade a Spade !!!
    Need i say more ? Just look at the actual events today ion Pakistan !! Bomb blast in Mosques !! During Ramadan !! Look at Karachi today !!!
    Have you got solutions for the Country????
    Sadly not !! Keep living in Cocoon of illusions and denials and one day you may just find that you do not have a country left too !!!!Recommend

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