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US forces capture Pakistani Taliban commander

Published:Saturday | October 12, 2013 | 12:35 PM

The US State Department has confirmed that American forces have captured top Pakistan Taliban commander, Latif Mehsud.

The US has not provided details of the operation that led to Mehsud’s capture, but officials in Afghanistan say he was held in the eastern section of the country and taken to a US military base in Bagram near Kabul.

It is reported that he was held while returning from talks on a proposed prisoner-swap deal.

Officials say Afghan President Hamid Karzai is angered by the actions of the US, but Washington has insisted that Mehsud is a terrorist leader.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf says, Mehsud was a close confidante of the Pakistani Taliban leader, Hakimullah Mehsud.

According to Harf, the group was behind the attempted bombing of Times Square in New York in 2010, as well as attacks on US diplomats in Pakistan and many Pakistani civilians.


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