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US official: Taliban military commander captured


ISLAMABAD (AP) -- 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.

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