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The Haqqani network and the evolution of local and transnational jihadism in AF- PAK region (DIEEEINV07-2016)

The Haqqani Network has been one of the non-state armed actors with greater influence in Afghanistan and in the continuous conflicts that the country has suffered since 1970. The Haqqani network is seen as one of the most capable and deadly terrorist groups in Central Asia, and also served as multiplier effect for the strengths of the local and transnational jihadism due to its long history of engagement with the main extremist organisations in the Af-Pak region, including Al Qaeda. Currently, the leaders of this organisation hold large part of the power and have the potential for violence earned since the end of the last century; the potential for violence has been increased through the Haqqani’s progressive and close rapport with the current top leadership of the Taliban. The purpose of this paper is to analyse the militant group known as the Haqqani Network by reviewing its key aspects: ideology and strategy, establishment and operating areas, historical development, structure and organisational patterns, links with other high ranking actors in Afghanistan and Pakistan, financial system, violent activity, and operational repertoire. Furthermore, special attention is given to the role that the Haqqani Network could play in Afghanistan in the years ahead, as well as in the evolution of the violent extremism in Pakistan.

Author: Luis de la Corte Ibáñez  & Hristina Hristova Gergova


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