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Pakistan forcing Taliban militants to keep fighting, Karzai says in leaked cable

Afghan President Hamid Karzai told a US envoy this year that the Pakistani government is forcing Taliban fighters to keep fighting coalition forces, according to a State Department cable released by WikiLeaks. If true, the allegation would add evidence to claims Pakistan is intentionally prolonging the war effort to ensure…

Top Taliban commander’s capture a ‘lucky accident’: report

WASHINGTON — Pakistani security officers who captured the Taliban’s top commander in a raid in Karachi discovered only later who they had, the New York Times reported Friday. The Times quoted a US official as saying the capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was just “a lucky accident.” “No one…

Gibbs won’t discuss waterboarding policy on camera

If only “don’t ask, don’t tell,” applied to enhanced interrogations policy, officials might be thinking. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs wouldn’t say what, if anything, the White House was doing to prevent the torture of a Taliban leader reportedly captured in Pakistan. Nor would he even discuss if there…

Taliban deny US report chief captured in Pakistan

Updates at bottom: Pakistan official blasts reports as ‘propaganda’; ‘Capture’ comes two days after WaPo reported Obama admin. caught no ‘high value detainees’ An Afghan Taliban spokesman has denied a U.S. report that its military commander was arrested by U.S. and Pakistani forces in a secret operation. In a front…

Taliban’s top military commander captured

The Taliban’s top military commander has been arrested in a joint CIA-Pakistani operation in Pakistan in a major victory against the insurgents as U.S. troops push into their heartland in southern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group’s No. 2 leader behind Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad…

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