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>> The founder of one of the most feared groups in the Afghan insurgency has died after a long illness. The Taliban on Tuesday announced the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the militant Haqqani network. The man rose to prominence as a guerrilla leader in the US-backed campaign against Soviet forces occupying Afghanistan during the 1980s, but later allied himself with the Taliban.
Haqqani gave up operational leadership of the group some years ago to his son, Sirajuddin. The son has a $5 million US bounty on his head and is the deputy leader of the Taliban. An Afghan official said the death would not mean any major change for the Haqqani network.
Afghans blame the Haqqanis for some of the most devastating attacks of the past decade. The news comes at a sensitive time for the Taliban to end the Kabal's Western backed government, though. They're both hopeful for peace talks following a ceasefire in June.