A glance at the Pakistanbased Haqqani network

first_imgQ: What is the Haqqani network’s relationship with Pakistan?A: Ties between Pakistan’s intelligence agency and the elder Haqqani stretch back to the Soviet war in Afghanistan. U.S. officials have accused Pakistan of continuing to support the group, but Islamabad has denied the allegation. The U.S. has demanded Pakistan target the Haqqani network in North Waziristan, but it has refused. Many analysts believe Pakistan is reluctant to target a group that could be a potential ally in Afghanistan after foreign forces withdraw.____AP Intelligence Writer Kimberly Dozier in Washington contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Q: What impact will the U.S. designation of the Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization have on the group?A: The designation requires U.S. financial institutions to freeze assets owned by the network and outlaws Americans from providing the group funds or material support. It can also prevent members of the group from traveling to the U.S. Analysts doubt the designation will have much of an impact on the group given the informal nature of its financing network and the lack of ties with the U.S. Many of the Haqqani network’s senior leaders have already been blacklisted individually, and that has seemingly had little effect.Q: What impact will the U.S. designation have on its relationship with Pakistan or the peace process in Afghanistan?A: The designation could further strain already troubled ties between the U.S. and Pakistan. It could also complicate U.S. efforts to strike a peace deal in Afghanistan because of the close ties between the Taliban and the Haqqani network. Pakistan has long criticized the U.S. for trying to fight and talk with militants at the same time, and the designation could feed into that narrative.Q: How many fighters make up the Haqqani network and how much violence are they responsible for in Afghanistan? Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Quick workouts for men Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories last_img

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