The Haqqanis are Afghan members of the Zadran tribe, but it is in the town of Miram Shah in Pakistan’s tribal areas where they have set up a ministate with courts, tax offices and radical madrasa schools producing a ready supply of fighters. They secretly run a network of front companies throughout Pakistan selling cars and real estate, and have been tied to at least two factories churning out the ammonium nitrate used to build roadside bombs in Afghanistan.
Oh hey, the New York Times, so ammonium nitrate is also a cheap fertilizer which is used by 99% of Afghans and poor Pakistani sharecroppers to grow things like, you know, food. So by saying that ammonium nitrate is used to make IEDs but not mentioning the critical role it plays in the regional economy (farmers would literally be priced out of the market if fertilizer turned expensive through a totally enforced ban), you mislead readers into thinking these factories serve a nefarious purpose instead of a normal one that bad people happen to exploit. Oh and also the Karzai family has been linked to those two factories as well — not because they’re insurgents (we think?) but because the factories themselves are not what are causing IEDs.