Taliban’s 2nd-in-command nabbed in Pakistan
Bin Laden associate is most senior Afghan Taliban leader caught since ’01
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – The Taliban’s top military commander has been arrested in a joint CIA-Pakistani operation in Pakistan, officials said Tuesday.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the No. 2 behind Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar and a close associate of Osama bin Laden, was captured in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, two Pakistani intelligence officers and a senior U.S. official said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release such sensitive information.
One Pakistani officer said Baradar was arrested 10 days ago with the assistance of the United States and “was talking” to his interrogators.
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