Taliban's Second in Command Captured in Secret Mission
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s top military commander, was captured several days ago in Pakistan according to U.S. government officials. Baradar is now in Pakistani custody following the secret joint operation by American and Pakistani intelligence agencies. While the capture occurred about a week ago, journalists who had learned of the event were asked by the White House to delay breaking the news to the public. Baradar is second in command to Mohammed Omar, the Taliban’s spiritual leader, but was responsible for the day-to-day military operations. Baradar’s capture occurred as NATO forces make progress in their efforts against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. While the immediate impact of the capture is unclear, many believe that this could serve as a major turning point in the fight against Afghanistan.