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Reports: Another Taliban leader caught in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Published reports in the United States say there's been another significant insurgent capture in Pakistan.

The New York Times and Washington Post report a top Afghan Taliban leader has been captured in what would be the fourth detention in recent weeks of senior members of the insurgent group. The newspapers cite unnamed Pakistani security officials.

The reports say Mullah Abdul Kabir, a member of the militia's ruling council, was picked up several days ago in Pakistan's northwest.

Pakistani officials declined to confirm the reports to The Associated Press.

If confirmed, the arrest would be a further sign that Pakistan is turning away from its old strategy of allowing Afghan Taliban leaders safe haven in the country. That could have far-reaching implications for the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.

Officials say the No. 2 Afghan Taliban leader and two other Taliban leaders have been arrested in Pakistan in recent weeks.


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