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Taliban commander said to be talking to interrogators

ISLAMABAD (AP) - One Pakistani officer says the Taliban's top military commander is talking to his interrogators.

Officials say Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group's No. 2 leader behind the Afghan Taliban's founder, was captured in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi in a joint CIA-Pakistani operation.

He is the most senior Afghan Taliban leader arrested since the beginning of the Afghan war in 2001.

His capture represents a significant success for the Obama administration as U.S. troops push into the Taliban stronghold of Marjah.

A Taliban spokesman in Afghanistan tells The Associated Press that Baradar is still free, although he didn't provide any evidence. The spokesman says the report of his capture is Western propaganda.

The U.S.-based global intelligence firm Stratfor says the reported arrest is a "major development," but says it's unlikely, "a single individual would be the umbilical cord between the leadership council and the military commanders in the field."


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