Top Haqqani Commander Killed

    FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2010 file photo, a U.S. Predator drone flies over the moon above Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan. Drone aircraft unleashed two missile attacks in a lawless tribal region on the Afghan border Tuesday, making September the most intense period of U.S. strikes in Pakistan since they began in 2004, intelligence officials said. The stepped-up campaign is focused on a small area of farming villages and mountainous, thickly forested terrain controlled by the Haqqani network, a ruthless American foe in Afghanistan, U.S. officials say. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

    Kirsty Wigglesworth, File / AP Photo

    A top militant leader in Afghanistan was confirmed killed by a U.S. drone strike, sources said Sunday despite repeated assertions by Taliban officials that Badruddin Haqqani was still alive. Haqqani was the son of the founder of the terrorist Haqqani Network, which operated from strongholds along the shared border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Badruddin Haqqani is believed to have been responsible for the kidnapping of New York Times journalist David Rohde in 2008. Pakistani officials had said earlier that they were 90 percent certain a Tuesday drone strike had killed Haqqani, though Taliban spokesmen had maintained that he was alive and well.

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