Major Taliban Leader Captured In Pakistan

02.16.10 | FL News Team

A U.S. official has confirmed the capture in Pakistan of the Taliban's top commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. "The New York Times" was first to report that Baradar was taken in a secret raid by American and Pakistani intelligence agents. He is said to be the most significant Taliban leader to be captured since the start of the Afghan war in 2001, after the 9-11 attacks. The "Times" said yesterday that his capture could cripple the Taliban's military operations, at least in the near term. Baradar has been in custody for several days and is being interrogated. Meanwhile, a Taliban spokesman is insisting the reports of his capture are a "rumor just to divert the attention of people." American and NATO forces are currently engaged in a major offensive against the Taliban in Afghanistan's Helmand province.