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Taliban commander held in Pakistan: U.S. officials

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Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

The Taliban’s top military commander was captured in Pakistan, U.S. and Pakistani officials said on Tuesday, but the move may not deal a decisive blow to a group putting up fierce resistance to a NATO offensive.

The Afghan Taliban denied that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was captured in a joint raid by Pakistani and U.S. spy agencies.

Washington hopes Mullah Baradar’s capture will at least temporarily weaken the Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan, where U.S. Marines are leading one of NATO’s biggest offensives in the southern militant stronghold of Marjah.

“I would call it significant,” a U.S. official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. “But even when you get their leaders, they’ve shown an amazing resilience to bounce back. It’s an adaptive organization.”

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