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Pakistan confirms Taliban leader's arrest

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan is saying for the first time that it has in custody the Taliban's No. 2 leader in Afghanistan.

Officials say Mullah Baradar was arrested earlier this month, and Pakistan authorities say he's providing useful information that's being shared with the U.S.

His capture is being interpreted as a major blow to the militant movement in Afghanistan and a boost to U.S. efforts in the war there.

Pakistan's military spokesman says that "detailed identification procedures" had been completed and that Mullah Baradar was among several people arrested recently. He did not give any other details of the arrest, citing security reasons.

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