U.S. hails capture of Taliban leader

10:26, February 18, 2010      

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The White House said on Wednesday that the capture of the Taliban military leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, is a "big success" for joint efforts by the United States and Pakistan.

"It is a big success for our mutual efforts in the region," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters, but did not offer details on the capture and the following interrogation.

In a statement issued early on Wednesday, the Pakistani military said that the Afghan Taliban's number two leader was arrested from the south Pakistani port city of Karachi, while Taliban claimed that Baradar is safe and leading fight in Afghanistan.

Pakistani analysts believe the arrest of the top Taliban commander will be a huge shift in the policy toward Taliban, and U. S. officials say it is a breakthrough in the cooperation between Pakistan and the United States on the fight against terrorism.

Source: Xinhua
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