Mawlawi Jalaluddin Haqqani (1939 – 3 September 2018) was an Afghan leader of the Haqqani network, an insurgent group fighting in guerilla warfare initially against US-led NATO forces, and the present government of Afghanistan they support. He distinguished himself as an internationally sponsored insurgent fighter in the 1980s during the Soviet–Afghan War, including Operation Magistral. By 2004, he was directing pro-Taliban militants to launch a holy war in Afghanistan. Jalaluddin retained considerable local popularity on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, and he was the most experienced Islamist leader in the region. Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars, claims that Haqqani introduced suicide bombing in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.Media reports emerged in late July 2015 that Haqqani had died the previous year. These reports were denied by the Taliban and some members of the Haqqani family.On 3 September 2018, the Taliban released a statement announcing that Haqqani had died after a long illness.
On 3 September 2018, the Taliban released a statement via Twitter proclaiming Haqqani's death of an unspecified terminal illness. It said he was bedridden for several years. The location of his death was not revealed.