U.S. targets militant group's chief of suicide operations
Weapons seized from a Haqqani network camp in Afghanistan
November 5th, 2012
02:31 PM ET

U.S. targets militant group's chief of suicide operations

By Jamie Crawford

The chief of suicide operations for a Pakistan-based terror organization has been officially listed as a "terrorist" by the United States, coinciding with a similar action by the United Nations on Monday.

Qari Zakir, chief of suicide operations for the Haqqani Network, was labeled a specially designated global terrorist under the authority of an executive order, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced in a written statement. The designation blocks Zakir from all of his property that is subject to U.S. jurisdiction and prohibits any U.S. nationals from engaging in any transactions on behalf, or for the benefit, of Zakir.

In addition to the designation by the United States, Zakir and the Haqqani Network were listed by the United Nations sanctions committee in actions that require all U.N. member states to implement a freeze of assets, a travel ban and an arms embargo against both entities.

The United States designated the Haqqani Network as a foreign terrorist organization in September. While the leadership of the group is based in northwestern Pakistan, the group is responsible for a series of deadly attacks in Afghanistan.

In addition to his role as the head of suicide operations for the Haqqani network, Zakir, also known as Abdul Rauf, is the operational commander for the group in the Afghan provinces of Kabul, Takhar, Kunduz and Baghlan.

In the announcement, the State Department said Zakir had a hand in many high-profile attacks carried out by his organization, including the September 2011 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Sixteen Afghans, including six children, were killed in that attack.

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  1. lovUSA

    IIn current educated and civilized world we hear of terms like CEO, COO, CTO and all C-XO's but in Pakistan it is "CHIEF OF SUICIDE OPERATIONS"..wth
    This country it seems has been following Somalia as a role model.................

    November 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  2. yeah yeah

    Kill one snake and another one replaces it, There needs to be a revamp as to how these situations are handled, drones and sending of troops here and there is not working, this cycle will continue with no end in sight......nobody wants to think outside the box to find a solution to all this violence.

    November 7, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  3. Johnna

    The U.S. should DRONE pakystan out of existence. Problem solved!

    November 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply
    • yeah yeah


      November 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  4. JonnyBGoode

    "The chief of suicide operations" wow who would of guess that he of all people was a "terrorist". maybe they waited till they killed people then they found out.

    November 6, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  5. Jaimie

    Chief of suicide operations? Monkeys with guns and suicide belts. One well placed drone and poof, gone, never to be seen again

    November 6, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
    • Durundal

      tough guys should go back to playing call of duty in their parent's basement. umadbro?

      November 6, 2012 at 11:55 am | Reply
  6. faust

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    November 6, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply
  7. Disgusted

    This thing of murders disgusts me to the core. I wonder why murderers don't go fight in desert islands where they won't hurt anyone.

    November 6, 2012 at 6:57 am | Reply
  8. opus

    BFD all of Pakistan are terrorists. Our leaders are stupid fools to continue giving them aid.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:57 am | Reply
    • Raza

      They are not giving aid to pakistan. they are giving bribery to our politicians to continue drone strikes in pakistan... i feel sad to see fool people like you who really think its aid !

      November 6, 2012 at 6:10 am | Reply
      • Mark

        We are giving to Pakistan. Pakistan is receiving the money. Call it this money whatever you want. In return, you are calling us fools? You must be a Muslim!!

        November 6, 2012 at 8:41 am |
      • Dax

        @ Raza - US gives Pakistan money. And Pakistanis call American fools for doing that? America is the largest donor nations in the world. Pakistan is probably the largest receiver nation in the world. Am I missing something?

        November 6, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • noris

      Think about it what you have just said.

      November 6, 2012 at 9:36 am | Reply
  9. russo

    By "targets" you mean summarily executes, without trial. Nice how the "land of the free" can issue death warrants now. "Because we say so" is apparently good enough reason.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:43 am | Reply
    • Jeff

      Hey, you got it! Very good! The world isn't and idealistic virtual world dimwit.

      November 6, 2012 at 5:41 am | Reply
  10. Roy

    It does not even make sense to call this terrorist nation an ally of the US!! Pakistanis pretend to be an ally only on the day the aid money is paid to them, then they are the worst enemy rest of the time. Shameless Pakistani terrorists keep the aid money for earthquakes, floods, vaccinations, etc., and then they turn around and stab the benefactors in the back.

    November 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  11. Tembisa

    Reblogged this on World Chaos.

    November 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  12. Silverado

    "Sixteen Afghans, including six children, were killed in the September 2011 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul " - This Pakistani baby killer terrorist needs to be put down.

    November 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Thank you, Silverado. You sound like another dimwitted Tea Partier. Are you one by any chance? We need to leave the Pakistanis alone and let them take care of these so-called "terrorists".

      November 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Reply
      • Silverado

        Oh, aren't you the first in line to defend those baby killer Pakistanis? Aren't you the kind of guy who likes to say "Dirka, Dirka, Mohammed, Jihad"?

        November 5, 2012 at 8:57 pm |

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