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Capturing the Taliban

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Some excellent reporting from our colleague Tim McGirk about the complicated relationship between the Pakistanis and the Taliban–and the recent capture of Mullah Abdel Gani Baradar, the Taliban military commander who may have been on the outs with Mullah Omar.

Meanwhile, the New York Times is reporting that the Pakistanis seem to have captured yet another member of Mullah Omar’s inner circle. This might indicate that Baradar is being extremely cooperative, which might match up with McGirk’s reporting that the military commander was in favor of negotiating a reconciliation with the Afghan government.

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