Abdul Rauf Zakir
Haqqani Network Commander
Abdul Rauf Zakir was born between 1969 and 1971 in Kabul. He is also known as Qari Zakir. He is the chief of suicide operations for the Haqqani Network and the operational commander in Kabul, Takhar, Kunduz, and Baghlan Provinces of Afghanistan. He is responsible for the Haqqani Network's training program, which includes instruction in small arms, heavy weapons, and basic improvised explosive device (IED) construction. He approached the Haqqani Network leader in 2008, requesting financial assistance in exchange for expanding the group's influence and operations into northern Afghanistan. He has been involved in many high-profile suicide attacks and is partially responsible for making some of the final determinations on whether or not to proceed with large-scale attacks planned by local district-level commanders. The U.S. Department of Justice is offering $5 million for information leading to his capture.
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