It is a Big Lie.’ Taliban Deny US Report Commander Captured in Pakistan

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talibanfightersAN Afghan Taliban spokesman on Tuesday denied a US report that its military commander had been arrested by US and Pakistani forces in a secret operation in Pakistan. The New York Times reported that US and Pakistani intelligence forces captured Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar several days ago and that he is currently in Pakistani custody with US officials taking part in his interrogation. The rumours reported today on the arrest of Mullah Baradar are all untrue. It is a big lie,” Yousuf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location. “He is currently in Afghanistan, where he is leading all jihadi activities… He is here with us and is in contact with us,” he added.

Meanwhile, in Marjah, Helmand, US Marines and Afghan troops were bogged down by sniper fire and home-made bombs on the third day of their biggest offensive since the overthrow of the Taleban in 2001.

NATO and allied forces were meeting fierce resistance in their effort to occupy and seize the Taleban’s main stronghold in southern Afghanistan, and were able to advance only 500 yards yesterday.

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