NATO, Pakistani forces capture top Taliban leader - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

NATO, Pakistani forces capture top Taliban leader

AFGHANISTAN (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Taliban's top military commander is now in custody and apparently talking to interrogators. NATO and Afghan soldiers captured Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who is also the Taliban's second-in-command. This comes as they continue their assault against terrorist forces in southern Afghanistan. It's considered to be the most significant capture since the launch of the Afghanistan war nearly nine years ago. Authorities are interrogating Baradar, in hopes of finding the Taliban's founder, Mullah Muhammad Omar. He's also a close associate of Osama Bin Laden.

"Capturing the lead Taliban officer, so to speak, could really put a hindrance on their overall operation," said Mike Lyons, CBS News military analyst.

The mission suffered another set-back Monday. An airstrike accidentally killed a group of civilians for the second straight day.

Powered by Frankly