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MacKinnon: Haq assassination

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (CNN) -- The Taliban said Friday they captured and executed key exiled opposition leader Abdul Haq. It throws into disarray Western plans to set up a post-Taliban government, should U.S.-led forces unseat the Taliban.

Haq had apparently slipped into Afghanistan to rally against the Taliban and attempt to set up a transitional government.

CNN's Rebecca MacKinnon filed this report on the developments from Peshawar, Pakistan.

MACKINNON: We've spoken again to Abdul Haq's brothers, and they still do not believe the news that Abdul Haq was executed today in Kabul. They say that they're still awaiting more confirmation.

We have spoken to an independent source who says they can confirm that Abdul Haq was executed after a short trial, where he was convicted of spying for the United States, along with two other associates.

According to his family, he went in to Afghanistan on Sunday. His plan was to talk to people, to try to help to build an anti-Taliban coalition, to try to build support for a movement that would overthrow the present regime.

CNN: Was there any talk about any progress that Abdul Haq or others were making prior to this execution?

MACKINNON: It's very unclear exactly how much progress they had made. Abdul Haq was a former mujahideen. He had fought against the Soviets alongside many people who are currently in the Taliban, and when I last interviewed him 10 days ago, he talked about how he was in frequent contact with them. He was hopeful that he would be able to get quite a number of these people to split with the Taliban and move against the regime and help to form a new one.

It appears that his going into Afghanistan was an attempt to speed that process along. Unfortunately, it appears to have failed rather badly.



 
 
 
 


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