The US added a brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani, the deputy leader of the Taliban and operational leader of the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani Network, to its list of Specially Designated Global terrorists. The State Department had previously offered a $5 million reward for Abdul Aziz Haqqani for targeting Coalition troops and leading the Kabul Attack Network.
State described Aziz as “a senior member of the Haqqani Network and brother to Haqqani Network leader Sirajuddin Haqqani.” Aziz replaced Badruddin Haqqani, his brother, who was killed in a US drone strike in August 2012, as a senior military commander.
“For several years, Aziz Haqqani has been involved in planning and carrying out improvised explosive device (IED) attacks against Afghan government targets, and assumed responsibility for all major Haqqani Network attacks after the death of his brother, Badruddin Haqqani,” State continued.
State first drew attention to Aziz in August 2014, when its Rewards for Justice program offered a $5 million reward for him and three other commanders – Khalil al Rahman Haqqani, Yahya Haqqani, and Abdul Rauf Zakir – and upped the reward for Siraj to $10 million. While Aziz was not listed as a global terrorist at the time the reward was issued, Siraj, Zakir, Yahya, and Khalil were.