February 18th, 2010
09:34 AM ET

Another Taliban leader captured in Pakistan

At least one other Taliban leader has been seized in neighboring Pakistan by security forces, sources tell CNN. Mullah Abdul Salam was arrested last week, according to Afghan government officials, Taliban sources and a U.S official.

"The Taliban is down another shadow governor," the American source said, declining to be named because of the sensitivity of the information. 

Salam was arrested in Pakistan, the Afghan government and Taliban sources agree, but they named different cities as the location of his capture. Governor Muhammad Omar of Afghanistan's Kunduz province said he was detained in Quetta - where the Afghan Taliban reportedly has its leadership councils. The Taliban sources said he was nabbed in Faisalabad.

Salam is believed to be the Taliban commander for Kunduz province, Omar said.

He was directing Taliban military operations in the province, including ordering terrorist actions, mine planting and suicide attacks, said Abdul Razaq Yaqubi, the chief of police in Kunduz.

Yaqubi said Salam and another Taliban "shadow governor," Mullah Salih, were arrested in the Pakistani city of Peshawar last week. He said the information came from Pakistani authorities. Salih was the shadow governor of Baghlan province, the police chief said. There was no immediate confirmation of Salih's arrest.

Word of Salam's arrest comes days after news of the capture of the Afghan Taliban's reputed second-in-command, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. Taliban sources and Omar said several other suspected members of the Afghan Taliban were arrested with Salam, but their identities are not clear.

–CNN's Pam Benson in Washington and journalist Mati Matiullah in Kabul contributed to this report.


Filed under: Baradar • Taliban
soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. ivo

    it's time to call it a day to the idea that the taliban can't be defeated. i believe it's also part of the way to defeat them. they're not gods & not invincible, actually we in the west have all the reasons in the world to beleieve that the west together w/the help of afghanis themselves are able to complete this job. it's also the only way to believe the freedom loving afghanis will ever be able to maintain their dominance & get rid of taliban rule for good in this country. eventually it's going to be them, the afghanis only, of course, who can do that. now it's our time to help them make that possible & help ourselves as much in the process.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. EBERHARD WIESHEU

    The deep question is how soon you wish to exit Afghanistan and Iraq and stop interfering with Iran before NEW WEAPONS are deployed?

    I witnessed what these people did to the much bigger and better equipped and trained Soviet military personnel in 1980s.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Capt Pandit

    Congrets to all the troops of Allied Forces operating in Afghanistan. That is the way to defeat these militants. You have to go and get them in their homes, take the fight on to their homes and terminate them. The fear of God has to be put in them, those who take the lives of innocent people. God be with you all and wish you all success in your fight for humanity.
    You are fighting for a good cause, that is to give better life to the people of Afghanistan and other nations affected by these fanatics. Jai Ho

    March 1, 2010 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nash

    It's just the matter of time.... when Pakistanis had credible information they acted and they acted well.... let's not forget that if CIA despite of the resources available to its disposal has not been very effective in tackling the terror organizations in Afghanistan how can ISI that is way far behind on technology and resources deal with the threat much greater than its capacity. Let's take it as a turning point in the war against terror and hope for some more good news to arrive. Questioning each other's integrity will create nothing but mistrust which will make the things even more difficult.

    February 28, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesario Laroco

    get osama next, please? i think i saw him in the ihop, a few blocks from here

    February 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AmericanHeretic

    One thing that we know about Pakistan is that they have no aversion to enhanced interrogation techniques. It takes fire to fight fire, not some mamby pamby Attorney General whose law firm defended Gitmo detainees.

    February 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. darryl

    Well lots of interesting comments here. I think most people forgot the real reason why this whole mess started. Its no secrect that for the past many years american forgien policies were never liked. Did the U.S. prevoke 9/11. I dont think so but they are after who is at fault for it, and they should be. Never forget though its not only the U.S doing the the work, its about time pakistan is on board. Canada has been fighting there for many years. Should we not thank them for their efforts? To afghan ur a moron think about what u said and have a look at the real picture. And finally to all the muslims who dislike western society, go back to your own country then and stop acting like hipicrits, if it wasnt for the west and all of its might where would really think you would be. If we hadn't of stopped hitler you would probally be a nazi. without world coroperation we can not have world peace hello people

    February 27, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. http://twitter.com/whybs

    Osama is not dead! Otherwise, the Taliban would point the U.S. to his grave/head; claim the bounty; and rebuild their power stranglehold (once Osama is dead, U.S. has no business being there).

    If we could keep up the pressure, don't be surprised that someone will show up with Osama's head!

    February 27, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Patrick

    I'm glad that the US/Pakistanis have captured the people that they have. My problem is why help people if they dont want the help. They have had every opportunity to help them selfs since we have been there. I know alot of people thank that but are affaid of saying it. Get are good women and men out of the Middle East....

    February 26, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Deji

    I think the US should just pack it and leave both the Afganistans and Pakistanis to stew in their own broth. They get American aid and funds the greater part of which are embezzeled and still stab the Americans in the back. In all honesty can the local populace say they do not know the taliban/al-qaida operatives in their midst and their hide outs. All the US should do is get out of Afganistan and Pakistan and strenghten it own home security and counter terrorism service. Moreover the goody goody manner in which the US is fighting is not realistic their foes do not fight according to the rules.

    February 26, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Daniel

    I'm not getting my hopes up for Osama Bin Laden. I'm betting he's dead. The last "video" of him looked pretty suspect.

    February 26, 2010 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. brett rosnak

    Osama Bin Laden is hiding in the cave with the Tv antenna outside of it!! Catch Him.

    February 25, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Spencer

    I dont see why everyone is getting so happy. The Taliban have many other just waiting to fill these guys spots. Do you understand that these people are raising their kids to hate us and fight against us! Their are people that would kill to fill in these new open spots. All we have done is cut off the tail of a monkey who can just regrow it back. We are fighting a hornets nest and all we are doing is stiring up the hive the longer we stay in there. Obama needs to do him self a favor and pull out all the troops and let the Iraqi Pakistan police handle it since they obviously know where some of these guys are.

    February 25, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jesse A.

    Nice Job U.S.! Lets get to buisness and find Osama

    February 25, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Larry K

    The United States is not trying to change the Countries for Our sake... They are doing it so that The Countries can take care of Themselves!!! There is a big difference there...

    February 24, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Emmie

    Who do you surpose made friends with the middle eastren countries ? Yes, that's right, President Obama , our stratigest ! That is where it started. It frist takes friendlinest by showing yourself friendly and things tend to fall in place. We have an honest, friendly president that cares for the U.S.A. Alow him to be who he has been chosen to be by the people and you will see God work again in this country as He has done in the days when , In God We Trust ". was placed on our currency; you know, when many other good laws were inacted. Now, instead of depending on God people has opted to let thier own ideas set the stage with dire conseqences !!!!!!!!!!!

    February 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  17. George D

    To A moslim:
    I think the US and the west should leave the Muslims alone. Get out of the muslim countries and never come back. This way the muslims can go back to the 16th century. They can go back to living in tents and chasing camels. The muslims should break all ties to the rest of the world, Eliminate all traces of technology. Burn all computers, cell phones and cars. Disconnect the Internet and throw all television sets out the window. Yes, this is how it should be.

    February 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  18. razmik

    i read ur repprt every day ,i am armenian live in uk just tell the boys wachout trust no one exept thier riefle

    February 24, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  19. A moslim

    The policy led by the USA and the state of jews won't succeed. They will launch thousands of strikes on Moslims, they will kill leader here and there, but in vain. There will be only one supremacy: the ISLAMIC one.

    February 24, 2010 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  20. george washington

    Hey osama, your day at the gallows is soon aproaching!

    February 23, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  21. George D

    Finally the $40 billion Pakistani debt that George Bush forgave is getting some results. I think it's not enough.

    February 23, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Eric

    Why doesn't the western press show the photos of the Taliban leaders that they say that have been captured? Because it is all a lie. They have captured no Taliban leaders. This news about capture of Taliban leaders and, that after nine years they are said to be captured one after the other, is just a smokescreen to mask the Nato/America/Afghan failure and defeat against the Taliban in Marjah

    February 23, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Dinesh

    PAKISTAN would never give up Terrorism. For a decade Non-State Actors fought with NATO TROOPS & now getting ready to Fight with Indian Troops for KASHMIR with State Actors like Hafez Sayeed [JUD] which is banned by UN and just organised 10000's of Terrorists rally on LAHORE STREETS.

    February 23, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  24. Anthony

    After reading this story and several of these posts, what a joke. The Socialist Obama regime sure knows how to use their propaganda machine to try and convince the public that they are accomplishing something in the middle east. How can a president be tough on foreign policy when apologizing to the world for the actions of the US! This is not the America that Ive known!!!!

    February 23, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  25. Bobby

    We should also bring India into task as they have been facalitating Talibans with IT expertiese and they have helped them to make communication system, India iis hiding Talibans in there country, we should look into this affair.

    February 23, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  26. Aftab

    You can capture 1 or 2 people but the fight goes on, they will be replaced. If you brainwashed morrons think this will make a difference you are deluding yourselves. You've been talking the same rubbish for the past eight years and where are you now, nowhere!?!? In fact you are losing and the evidence to support this is that you are offering money to the taliban to come and join the afgan government, its pathetic reading these comments.

    February 23, 2010 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  27. JDH

    Strategy? We have been fighting in the middle east since 1991. First Iraq, then Afgan,, then Iran, and finally BACK to Afgan! It looks almost like a ring around the rose bush game to me going on.

    February 22, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Falcon 1

    you all can run, We will still find you!

    February 22, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  29. THE BARON

    Probably two of many Taliban the ISI is hiding!!!

    February 22, 2010 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  30. Guest

    Obama war strategy??? Are you all that ignorant? This war started years before Obama's campaign started! It took him 3 months to decide to send more troops to help the General's plans! IGNORANT..IGNORANT PEOPLE!!!

    February 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Tempestite

    As Major Mulligan stated above, our troops had little to do with this action. The credit must go to the Pakistani government and the ISI, and to the pressure our government exerted on the Pakistanis. Additionally, in Afghanistan, congrats and thanks to our 3,500 marines in Operation Moshtarak, along with 2,000 British combat forces plus Danish, Estonian and Canadian combatants, 1,500 Afghan combat troops and 9,000 Afghan support militia.

    February 21, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  32. bobby

    Go U.S. and Pakistan forces! Now let's find Osama and assassinate Ahmadinejad!!!

    February 21, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Tempestite

    Is the Taliban comprised of nothing but leaders? We never seem to hear how many Taliban grunts are captured.

    February 21, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Larry K

    It just shows that Obama is going the right way to get rid of them in Both Pakistan & Afghanistan!!! Hopefully soon they won't have any place to go...

    February 21, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  35. Waitin Too Long

    Thank you Pakistan for having the balls to deal with your "shadow" government !

    February 21, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
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