The Taliban’s top military commander was captured several days ago in Karachi, Pakistan, in a secret joint operation by Pakistani and American intelligence forces, according to American government officials.
The commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, is an Afghan described by American officials as the most significant Taliban figure to be detained since the American-led war in Afghanistan started more than eight years ago. He ranks second in influence only to Mullah Muhammad Omar, the Taliban’s founder and a close associate of Osama bin Laden before the Sept. 11 attacks.
Mullah Baradar has been in Pakistani custody for several days, with American and Pakistani intelligence officials both taking part in interrogations, according to the officials.
And as Spencer Ackerman so correctly states, keep interrogating, but don't torture him. Gather intelligence and encourage others to capitulate through civilized treatment. This is a big coup for the Obama Administration's approach in Afghanistan/Pakistan...hopefully it is the start of a string of successes. And maybe it will get some positive reporting to the idea that torturing is NOT the way to do things.
In other words, do the exact fucking opposite of what Dick Cheney would do.
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