US-Pakistani interrogation of the Afghanistan Taliban's No. 2 Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar are yielding useful intelligence, the US says. Militants say they want his release or they will kill three hostages, including a British filmmaker and two former Pakistani intelligence officials.
Pakistan officials said a suicide car bomb in Lahore on Monday killed 12, and also announced the arrest of a suspected US Al Qaeda member from Pennsylvania.
In the Afghanistan war, the Taliban’s leadership council, or the Quetta Shura, has had 7 of its 15 Afghan members arrested in Pakistan in recent days. Here's a look at the key players in the Afghan Taliban leadership.
The capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was reportedly picked up in Pakistan, comes amid the largest US offensive against the Taliban insurgency since 2001.
Obama's 2011 deadline for a US pullout has pushed Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan into action. The capture of Taliban commander Baradar fits into a contest for influence.
The announcement that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Afghanistan Taliban's military chief, was arrested underscores increasing US-Pakistan intelligence cooperation, targeting Taliban leaders inside Pakistan for arrest and assassination.
The No. 2 Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Omar was captured in Karachi, where many Pakistani militants have been reported to be hiding. Police say there are 150 Taliban fighters in the city now.