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The rescue of an abducted U.S.-Canadian family in Pakistan last week has spotlighted their captors – the Haqqani network, former CIA assets who are now considered one of the most dangerous factions fighting U.S.-led NATO forces in Afghanistan. Led by Sirajuddin Haqqani, who doubles as the Afghan Taliban's deputy leader, the extremist group has been blamed for spectacular attacks across Afghanistan since after the U.S. invasion."When you hear U.S. officials, including in private settings, talking about what worries them the most, they always talk about the Haqqanis," said analyst Michael Kugelman, of the Wilson Center in Washington.Who are they?The group was founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani, an Afghan mujahedeen commander fighting the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s with the help of the U.S. and Pakistan.Following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, Taliban fighters flooded across the border into Pakistan, where they regrouped before helping launch the insurgency against the Americans.What does the U.S. want Pakistan to do?
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