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US and Pakistan Capture Taliban's Top Commander

Several days ago the United States and Pakistan troops captured Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. Baradar is second only to the top commander in the Taliban, founder Muhammad Omar. Baradar is in Pakistani custody and being interrogated by a U.S. Official. No word on if the interrogation has yielded "useful information" but officials insist that it will "open new windows" regarding the inner workings of one of the largest terrorist networks on the globe. U.S. Officials are hoping that Baradar's capture will lead to other Taliban leaders including the one eyed cleric Mullah Omar, the Taliban's spiritual leader.

Baradar's capture was achieved through the combined efforts of military forces. The Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's military spy agency, C.I.A. operatives, and a heavy offensive in southern Afghanistan, with 15,000 ground and air US Marine troops, provided this mission, named "Operation Mushtarak" with success.

The war in Afghanistan has been waging for over eight years. This is a tremendous victory among a seemingly endless fight. Baradarone worked closely with Osama bin Laden before the Sept. 11th, 2001 attack at the World Trade Center. Obama intends to deploy more troops to Afganistan and by August, expects the combined total of US and NATO troops to be 150,000.

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