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U.S. and Pakistan Confirm Taliban Leader is in Custody

ISLAMABAD (AP) - The U.S. and Pakistan are both confirming that
the second-ranking leader of the Afghan Taliban is in custody. But
it's not clear whether he's offering any information.

Officials in Pakistan have said that Mullah Baradar is providing
useful intelligence that is being shared with the United States.
But a U.S. official who's been briefed on the case says Baradar
isn't fully cooperating with authorities, and that he hasn't
provided any information that can be acted upon.

At the White House, spokesman Robert Gibbs confirmed Baradar is
being interrogated but wouldn't divulge any of the results.

U.S. and Pakistani officials say Baradar was arrested earlier
this month in a joint operation by the CIA and Pakistani security
forces in the southern port city of Karachi.

He was said to be in charge of the day-to-day operation of the
Taliban's leadership council, which is believed to be in Pakistan.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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