Pakistani Report: Taliban Leader Captured

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Coming off of the recent capture of several high-profile Taliban leaders in Afghanistan, another member of the Taliban senior leadership has been detained, according to a Pakistani intelligence official. Mullah Abdul Kabir, a member of the Taliban “inner circle” and a prominent military commander, was captured several days ago by Pakistani authorities, the official said. Though American officials both abroad and in Washington said they had “received some indications” of Mullah Kabir’s capture, they could not confirm it. Mullah Kabir is a member of the Quetta Shura, a small group within the Taliban that directs its operations and reports to founder Mullah Muhammad Omar. Quetta Shura leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was captured last month by Pakistani and American intelligence forces. [NYT]