Top Taliban Commander Detained in Pakistan


The Times reported tonight that the Taliban’s top military commander was captured in Pakistan several days ago, according to American government officials. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was taken in by a secret joint operation led by Pakistani and American intelligence forces; he is considered the most significant Taliban member captured since the American-led war in Afghanistan began eight years ago. The only Taliban figure seen as more powerful is Osama bin Laden-associate Mullah Muhammad Omar, the Taliban’s founder. [NYT]