US official: Taliban military commander captured

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Taliban's top military commander, has been captured in Pakistan

Published February 16, 2010 1:06PM (EST)

A senior U.S. official says the Taliban's top military commander has been captured in Pakistan in a joint operation by Pakistani and U.S. intelligence forces.

The official says Pakistan has had Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar -- the No. 2 behind Mullah Muhammad Omar -- in custody for more than several days.

He spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.

A Pakistani intelligence officer said Baradar was arrested in the city of Karachi "about 10 days ago."

The New York Times first reported the arrest on its Web site late Monday.

By Munir Ahmad

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