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 (100 Responses)
  1. peter


    February 20, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ken Francis

    Complete the job. We have them on the run.

    February 20, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mh

    why are we doing all this capturing, save us the cost of housing them as prisoners and the cost of trials, put a bullet in them and call it a good day on the battle front.

    February 20, 2010 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Patrick

    A step in the right direction regardless of whom will get the credit for it!
    Ask yourself this question: For how long can a successful company like GE stay successful if it's top leaders/managers are "removed" by force.... would GE be able to continue replacing leaders/managers without loosing some strenght of GE as a company? Now consider that most of the terrorist are uneducated people and probably without LEADERSHIP skils... thereby killing the current leaders will weaken the Taliban.

    The current administration is SOLUTION driven, POLITE and WELL SPOKEN, which will create a better US and world.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cubausa100%

    Yes, the world will be more safety without them, Lets go to beat them, They will learn the lesson ,nobody can hurt this wondeful country, If they wanna fight with us then they must be ready to be defeated
    God bless USA

    February 19, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DJ in TX

    We have had more success in Afghanistan and Pakistan against the Taliban even BEFORE the additional troops get there. But you don't hear about an of that from Foxnews. President Obama said Afghanistan was a war of neccessity as the Taliban are the ones who allowed Al-Quaida to attack us. I don't know the outcome, but at least we are finally making some progress, but he's not given any credit for that.

    Hmmm....makes you wonder......................

    February 19, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |

    The crimes of september11 are still fresh in the mines of many.The capture of one of the terrosits cames with the hope that these vandals will face the heavy arm of the law.For now that bin ladin and ormar are still free, there is nothing to celebrates.i believe they should have been captured by now if the better placed and more experience Macain was elected president in the last presidential elections.However we hope that theup caming mid term elections will usher in a Republican congress that would pressuraise Obama to do more in this light.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. macaulay okhiran

    it is time,and this is the time,more presure.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. European Mitch

    Pakis have invented Taliban and it'd sell some for the right price but as long as
    this is the best stuff they can deliver they will feed the rest.
    The best strategy would be to arm landlords and let them fight the talib.
    Karzai or a democratic central gov is a very expensive dream that lead to another
    Vietnam.Arm the minorities and let them keep busy talib. Democracy in afghan is just
    a pure nonsens.

    February 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. PNUT

    The U.S. is finally getting some true assistance from Pakistan, I wonder what is going to happen to the Pakistani Generals and intelligence agents who have been and are in bed with the Taliban and AQ ? If Pakistan hadn't started playing ball with the U.S. ,they were going to be invaded next and rightfully so.
    The Islamic religion must change to join the rest of the world in this century and enjoy a peaceful, stable world. The words jihad,and infidel need to be stricken from their vocabulary.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. D Frost

    I know this will outrage fellow conservatives, but Obama will get the credit for any progress in Afghanistan. He is the Commander in Chief. Frankly, I don't care who gets the credit at the top. My heros are the boots on the ground. God love them! But let's not count our chickens... The history of Afghanistan has been one step forward, two back.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. D Frost

    "Imperialism!?" What, did we roll back the clock 100 years? Oh, that's right, Muslim extremists have rolled it back 1,000 years. These days, it's all about $$$ and as we all know, absolutely nothing to do with God.

    February 18, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. D Frost

    Soviets couldn't do it, I doubt we can either. It's only when the Muslims "take care of their own" radical elements will any progress be made. I just hate it that our good men and women are being sacrificed for those who little appreciate it with one hand tied behind their backs due to "limited engagement."

    February 18, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. American Militant

    To Afghan;
    We apologize for our former commander in chief not doing his job in a timely manner or else you may not be seeing as many of the NATO guys around these days. You all mention that you have never been conquered, well wake up and see that if you had any thing that was worth conquering we could do it. Fortunately for all of humanity, the US has enough land and plenty of resources that we do not need your opium or your mountains. Once we know for sure that your talibs will not allow jihadists to plan attacks on our homeland, we will leave. Victory for the US will not be determined until after we have left anyway. Maybe you can tell me what an Afghani would consider what victory is for NATO? We already know what the taliban considers a victory and in most ways, they may be right.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saab

    Afgan, can you imagine if the word defeat had been taken out of the American dictionary? Do you think you will be still here partecipating in this "imperialistic" chat???

    I agree with TA-just nuke them.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  16. BLove

    RyanMann – are you just trying to be provocative? The Bush administration "did nothing in this whole war' The current President and Vice President both advocated getting troops out of all engagements asap, until it became more politically acceptable to say we should keep them in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Then they got in office and learned more and decided our interests were being served to a 'degree' in these unfortunate places.If left to their own, we'd have our troops alll home and not engaged anywhere. I'm not advocating fighting for fighting's sake, but there are times when the powerful must protect and attack in the interests of others and for themselves. The Bush admin had that covered. The Obama administration has not yet demonstrated their willingness to support any one but their own political party, unless it's a losing cause. Learn your history before you cast aspersions.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    With the power of the Father,Son and HolySpirit the Taliban and all terrorists WILL be defeated!

    February 18, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  18. What are you guys stupid?

    Are you guys really stupid? Each and every taliban and al qaeda leader is hiding in pakistan. US knows about it and the Pakistanis know about it, they are protected by the ISI. They are letting these guys captured just because Saudi Arabia is getting involved in negotiations. They are giving them up because they need something or dont want to lose relavance. Do you guys even understand world politics? Pakistan is playing the game to its advantage.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  19. J Peterson

    We will be waiting till hell freezes over for Osama to be captured, dead or alive, He died years ago and now only lives on as a myth for the movement. His body is buried in an unmarked rock covered grave deep in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Only a handful of men know where he is and that's how it will remain for eternity. His myth is more powerful than his reality every was or will be. Its a Robin Hood thing. To a lot of people of that region he is a hero, a person to be respected and admired.The tapes we get now were pre-recorded or impersonated to keep us dumping money hand over fist to get at him. This is how they win, we are spending billions of money we dont really have, and we are holed up in our homes terrified that big bad Osama is going to bomb us. They won the day we put TSA guards in line to check our shoes. We as a society are beaten by terrorism and will remain so until we realize there is nothing to fear.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  20. usmc1

    I laughed at the poster who said "obamas thoughtful approach". When is the last time being thoughtful achieved victory in war?

    February 18, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  21. MajorMulligan

    This is excellent news. Salam is a treasure trove of information and it appears as though he is talking.

    President Obama should NOT be getting any credit for this. This was only possible thanks to the Pakistani’s and them finally working with the U.S. The extremist Taliban should not have started attacking Pakistani targets within Pakistan. It is what it is.

    Note to Afghan: I’m not going to bother trying to persuade you or anyone else to change their opinion; however I will say that the whole imperialism argument is utterly ridiculous. The U.S. would not be anywhere near Afghanistan if the terrorist training camps were not located there prior to 9/11 and the country was not being used as a safe haven for terrorists.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Tom M

    Way to go Obama! You managed to vote against every single one of the previuous administrations programs to combat terrorism in Afghanistan. Now you are here to take the credit when those programs produce results. Give a pat on the back to biden as well he looks lonely.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  23. usmc1

    Please do not thank the current administration, or the previous for that matter. Bush made us go in with one hand tied behind our backs. Now obama is tying both hands behind our backs while trying to fight. If obama wants to help, try changing the rules of engagment and let us fight.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  24. denis egan

    Good news! But the war on terror is not just against the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan.There are Islamist jihadists in American and western prisons, schools, mosques, and governments. The next big attack on America will come from within.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Jerry Pointingitout

    Say Afghan, show us one real example of the US being imperialistic? I'm sure that your Mullah must have pointed out an instance wherein we invaded a country and made it our own.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  26. steve

    should have done this years ago.. oh thats right georgie bush declared MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.... oh silly me....

    February 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  27. dave adams

    SO GLAD to hear about another scumball dirtbag coward sissy being captured. But why capture? Shoot them on the spot so they don't blow up any more women and children and military personnel.

    February 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Scott

    Iam in Afghanistan and the afghan people I work and talk to think the taliban are nothing but thugs and drug dealers.The U.S. have brought the standard of living up beyond beleif in the past year I work in the area of Khost city and it is unbeleivable what you see here no power no water and people living in mud homes.This country is 500 yrs behind the times.all because of the people like the Taliban not allowing the country to grow and prosper.
    Defeat what a joke they have nothing to win or lose so far it is all gain for the afghan people we build there army so they can defend them selves from the corruption that runs amuck in this country

    February 18, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  29. Halabi

    What an earth are you guys doing in Pakistan? Sheesh

    February 18, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  30. C. K, Justus

    It appears that the methods than the Obama is using to go after the Taliban and other terrorists is working better than the hard handed approach used by the Cheney administration..

    February 18, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  31. Keri Lentz

    I actually believe all these "shadow governors" should be required to participate in at least one suicide mission before directing others – preferably at their own training camps.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  32. bob

    Too bad that Obama's not protecting us, or else this event would look bad for the GOP.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  33. TA

    Afghan is right, The USA should dust off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  34. earnest rheault

    Obamma now has lawyers on the way to give the terorists their rights under the 5th ammendment

    February 18, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  35. Clint, Wa.

    OK, now lets turn the heat up & get Bin Laden.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  36. Pepper

    How can America explain to the world and people like you (Afghan), who probably live in this country, that the US does not want to occupy Afghanistan, we just want to finish off the Taliban and Al Queda. You can have your country, we have ours!

    February 18, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  37. Sean

    Afghan has some good points: no country likes to have foreign troops operating within its borders.

    However, Afghanistan has been conquered before: by the Taliban certainly. Remember what happened to society, and the education of women?

    And, as for foreign fighters, does anyone believe the Taliban fighters in Afghanistan are all Afghans or even mostly Afghans? Most are paid mercenaries, and may are from foreign lands. Throw those people out and the Europeans and Americans will leave, too.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  38. Tamara

    Go USA and our fabulous troops! I think that the current administration, soon to be gone, has nothing to do with it... our military is tops!!

    February 18, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  39. Bill Joost

    So let's see...which administration seems to be doing the better job prosecuting the so-called war on terror?
    Hmmm...for all their tough talk, torture and the like, Bush-Cheney failed even to fight the right war, much less succeed. Obama's thoughtful approach is showing early dividends...let's hope the Afghans can maintain once we back off.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  40. Abdul Aziz Mohmand

    Don't trust on warlords of the areas because they are fully interconnected with the insurgents but focus must be the targets through Drones. This will hit the fix targets as we all of aware about the progress and results of this technology which is more trustworthy instead on warlords or drug lords.
    Supply chain of money should be stopped by the Arab world. People know that Osama Ben Laden had given million dollars to ex-pm Nawaz Sharif for anti democratic system and strong to rigid organizations in Pakistan. After successful attacks by Drones now insurgents are willing to take time but question is why Mr. Karzai is making statements for negotiation? He should stress for more troops to Afghanistan and ask world community to send expert for management system and experts for rule of law. Afghan army and police can cope with insurgents and they can control the situation better than NATO forces.
    How many foreigners are over there? When Osama Ben laden and his associates will be killed in Drones attacks? Why not Drones attacks in Afghanistan? There are more insurgents who are operating all over the world. Every day these insurgents with the help of warlords are killing NATO soldiers but we are waiting. Why? Karzai will react? He is in power for the last 9 years but what is the performance? That is nothing. Don't see him. Start your work to establish national army and democratic system and rule of law.
    Taliban and Al-Qaeda people are killing school children and kids but Karzai is inviting these insurgents for talks. Drones attacks technology has proved the positive result therefore focus on that. Don't trust on enemies.
    How authority can save the lives of general public? All measures should be taken at appropriate time. Government means to diagram a strategy of wellbeing, shelter and safety for the state people. What President Bush has taken procedures after 9/11? We all are spectators that after Bush government prudent actions there was no single incident is recorded in USA by the Al Qaeda and its sub-sections. Stop and make sure all people in the name of safety measures. Don't create fuss among people but support them and give confidence for strong inspection through equipments.
    We have misplaced so many years on the behest of Musharraf and Karzai. Actually some influential people of the war zone don’t want to smash down the insurgents immediately for the reason that they are willing to make money. They don’t apprehension with tranquility process in the region or worldwide but don’t leave alone. Check them on the basis of performance, especially warlords. Training of national army of Afghanistan is the resolution. Establishment of rule of law from side to side administrative system and creation of police is the need of the general public for peace. If world community thrived in rule of law and course of democracy in Afghanistan and Pakistan then local system will crush all these negative activities and brutality of insurgents.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  41. scott

    Pakistan is really starting to pull together with the U.S. The real crescendo will be when they arrest Mullah Omar. If they do this right, we won't hear about it until he has been thoroughly interrogated as to Bin Laden's location.

    Finally - with the surge, the aggressive coalition and Pakistani efforts against Taliban strongholds - and these detentions by the Pakistani government - things could begin to seriously turn around.

    McChystal's (sp?) leadership is starting to show some legs in this effort!

    February 18, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  42. TH

    Score another for US Special Forces. Now that Pakistan is no longer a "safety zone" for the Taliban, the hunting was bound to get better. Thanks to the men and women of the US Armed Forces who keep this game of Whack-a-mole going. You're doing a great job, guys.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  43. Raplh

    Are these guys trying to get caught?

    February 18, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  44. ddik


    February 18, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  45. Seattke resudent

    Obama is soft on terrorists.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  46. Afghan

    This is barely about the Taliban (afterall, they were very good friends of the US in the 80s and Bush gave them 500 million in 2001 right before 9/11). This is about imperialism...the US doing its imperialistic things without anyone having the power to stop this mad wolf. Although the Taliban aren't good people either, the US doesn't kill them because they are bad...but because they are oppossing US imperialism. Remind yourself of Libya under the Italians? Same situation.

    I don't support the Taliban, but to see Afghanistan be occupied by a foreign power is the worst thing possible any Afghan can imagine, as Afghanistan has never been conquered successfuly, and this could change all of Afghanistan's history. Sure Afghans are helping Nato do it, but they are being traitors to their own country. The war in Afghanistan probably won't stop till the US admits defeat and starts negotiations with the Taliban that way, or the US just withdraws. Defeat in Afghan dictionary doesnt' exist, so to inflict defeat on the Taliban is impossible.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  47. Peter

    It is about time Pakistan went after the Taliban. They did jack under Musharraf – took money from USA (Bush Admin) and pocketed it.

    This is food news for Afganistan, Pakistan and USA. As people have said above, the Taliban is slowly melting.

    They will surely (even if slowly) die away

    February 18, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  48. PT Byrd

    It's great when good triumphs over evil and let's face it, there is nothing more evil than the taliban and al qaeda. And I applaud the efforts of the U.S. and Pakistan for coming together to make these arrests. There is no place for fanatics of any kind in any civilized society.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  49. A Canadian

    I would like to say this is good news, but some other wacko nutjob will step up to the plate. As for Osama, he's been dead for years The Taliban or Al Qaeda or whoever has put on a good charade making people think he is still alive.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  50. bp

    If it is true that these seizures had been made in pakistan then it proves a point that the leaders of the taliban are enjoying their life in safe houses in pakistan leaving the poor brain washed foot soldiers to take on the international forces.You never know Bin Laden could be a neighbhour of president Zardari and Mullah Omar could be the neighbour of Pak army chief General Kiyani

    February 18, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  51. Paul

    More encouraging news !!!

    February 18, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  52. Gary

    Good Job ! Now the difficult job...where to try and execute them !

    February 18, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  53. Edward

    I bet bin Laden is not in Afganistan either and is hiding in Pakistan too. Cowards!!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  54. Chauncey Jenkins

    Its becoming comical how many Taliban are being caught in Pakistan after the gov't of Pakistan said they weren't in their country. Well at least they're on board now (Pakistan gov't)

    February 18, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  55. saab

    Finally, the constant economic bailouts of Pakistan, by US taxpayers, is posting some returns. Hopefully with plenty of interest (= Osama and the Egiptian).

    February 18, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  56. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    It's about time that Pakistan is working together with the U.S. in capturing and/or killing the Taliban leaders who hide in Pakistan. I pray that these captures will lead to bin Laden and Omar.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  57. Isagani

    Perfect intelligence gathering are the prime movers of this random capture of Menace persons of world free societies.It will be another feathers for US and pakistani military under the leadership of pro-democracy Zardari. Destroy them ,for the benefit of mankind, regardless of religion.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  58. Lee Chepard

    It will be interesting to see how long it is before these high profile detainees "escape".

    February 18, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  59. frenchman

    Yeah Go Obama, Go soldiers, Go Pakistan, free your people.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  60. sundown

    Thank goodness for special forces.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  61. elmer fudd

    "World is awaiting for the capture of Osama now."

    He's siting on a beach somewhere, enjoying his retirement checks from the CIA

    February 18, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  62. Mustang

    Word of caution each Taliban leader captured will be replaced by another. We can not afford to stop pressing on until all the Taliban are captured or disbanded entirely.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  63. ryanmann1982

    So much for the 'Only republicans are tough enough to beat the Taliban'. After 8 years with GW Bush, nothing was achieved. An insult to those who died on 9/11. Finally we have a president who is finishing the job!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  64. Dominic

    Great Job!!! Keep up the excellent work!

    February 18, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  65. Mihail

    This is all Pakistans work...but good old american boy never gives credit to otehrs huh

    February 18, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  66. robert

    I agree with JC. Congrats to Pakistan on warming up and helping us out. The whole process can be made so much less painful (let alone legitimate) with cooperation from the local government.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  67. matthew

    wow – we have some real optimists here today. in all probability there is already someone (a second or third in command) planning retaliation. this is a hollow victory.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  68. MN

    I agree with JC, may be hard to admin, but it wouldn't have been possible without Pakistan

    February 18, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  69. darryl

    Keep up the good work, as a canadian with troops in the fight as well the more of these guys taken care of the better, probably saved lives by these arrests.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  70. Ron

    Pakistan is on board with us now because we increased aid to them, sad but true.
    Let our troops use the weapons they have to put a stop to this, and keep the damn politicans out of it.
    To hell with world opinion.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  71. YTY

    U kidding me ??? How nieve are you all???? 20 more will be waiting their shoes please.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  72. Bryan

    This is my favorite kind of news story!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  73. Tina

    Go Obama administration. LETS GET OSAMA NEXT.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  74. John Boy

    Obama doing his job and has made great process in this terrorist war. Finally!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  75. Doug

    Its about time things started going right for a change. Let us hope that this leads to the eventual capture of Bin Laden and a, sooner rather than later, end to the war in Afghanistan...

    February 18, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  76. Rich

    This war will be won when the people believe they will be better off with the US backed governemnt than with the Taliban. The pointy end of the spear in this war is intellignece gathering and covert special forces actions on that intel. We are finally getting it right.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  77. Aqueel Kouser

    great job pakistan. no other country has sacrificed more then pakistan in this war .

    February 18, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  78. Alexander

    Its important to keep in mind the fact that the Pakistan local police force had a major part to finding this guy. I think this is the step in the right direction towards cooperation between the United States and some of the middle east.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  79. manuel

    Anyone who thinks that news coming from Pakistani or Afghani news sources or their respective governments is reliable and credible should have their head checked. The fact remains that these agencies can easily be infiltrated and manipulated by any of these terrorist organizations. The proof is in the writing, where it states that there are conflicting reports as to which cities these captures took place. Wake up people the fight is nowhere near finished. There are hundreds of years of fundementalist mindsets to fight against, victory cannot be attained simply by catching one or two of the supposed leaders. Education is the way to win a war of ideals not just military strength. Although I completely support our military because I'm a veteran, I won't believe that we have made too much progress until we have Osama's and Mullah Omar's bodies on United States soil on display at the site of The World Trade Center!!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  80. R

    waterboard them. funny how all the sudden Pakistan knows where they are eh?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  81. A proud american

    Im glad that they broke the talibans number two quickly and he is providing quality info. See what happens when you don't read someone there miranda rights. They talk

    February 18, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  82. CW

    One more head cut off the 1000 headed snake. When hatred is bred, born, taught, and when probably more than half of the scuzzy, scruffy looking stinkies we are fighting are high on opiates.......long war is an understatement. What ever happened to the MOAB (Mother of all Bombs). As I recall it was only test dropped off the coast of FL. Violence seems to be all they understand; so give it back to them......100 fold! PC = pacifist = another traumatic event back home. WWII vets knew this back then......whatever happened to the complete backing of a nation? If hell is what they fear.......hell is what they should receive!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  83. Mike

    Finally, Pakistan realizes they're next if these islamist-fascists are not stopped.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  84. John

    It is good to see the Afgan and coalition forces working together for a common cause. Catching these Taliban leaders is very crucial and important, but to see this level of cooperation shows that the forces of good have joined together against those that band together and kill innocent people while defending their actions as if God gave them such authority. Peace will only happen when we all agree that it is NOT ok to kill humans.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  85. BPH

    Please. This is not due to any U.S. administration. It is due to the hard work of our military, our CIA and all security professionals as well as Pakistan deciding to work with us. Cross your fingers Pakistan continues to work with us.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  86. abductionagent

    Congratulations to those forced responsible for these successes. However, for every one militant leader we kill, arrest, or otherwise render usless, there are many more "wanna-bes" willing to step up and fill the vancancy. We are battling an ideology, which is a difficult thing to destroy.

    Good luck and God (regardless of which one) speed with the troops on the ground.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  87. as God wills

    They are falling like a house of cards. bin Laden next! Do the job, Obama, that should have been done nearly 8 1/2 years ago.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  88. RG

    This only say some thing about Pakistan they were giving shelter to this people till they can sell them for money thats Palkistan for you world they dont give a rat about the world

    February 18, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  89. tree

    Its funny how all of a sudden we start getting these people after we have a change in presidency. It helps to have a president who other countries like, someone who is diplomatic and respectful.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  90. skwirr

    Pakistan has known where these guys are forever, whatever stick or carrot we are offering them to put there neck out now is working. Maybe they are more comfortable since we elected a muslim President who was born non domestically and educated at madrassas.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  91. Billionaire

    Crush these religious maniacs! GO OBAMA WAR STRATEGY!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  92. indygirl

    Go US! Just awaiting the capture of the other Taliban leaders and the biggest scumbag of them all Osama Bin Laden

    February 18, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  93. Pradip

    It's taken almost a decade to capture these leaders and I don not doubt that these are just a pawn in Pak/US game.These leaders have been traded on a regular basis as and when Islamabad runs sort of funds or when there's a high level meeting taking place.How is it that the country which created, nurtured and hidden these pawn have not been brought justice?This is game played by the ISI and Pak Army,another word the goose that lays golden eggs will ever be given up? I would not shocked had Gen.Mussaraff and the current incumbent do not entertain Likes of Bin Laden and Cohorts.It's Case of poachers turned game keepers!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  94. rj

    why capture them and hold them? capture, interrogate, get good info and then execute in the field. that will discourage towel heads to join the taliban, we play by all the rules and they don't we should play by our rules, make em as we go, it's in our best interest. code of silience must be honor up into the highest office in our gov.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  95. Dave

    I wonder if Osama and the other leaders are vacationing in Dubaui ?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  96. JC

    More like Go Pakistan! About time you came on board for the big win!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  97. william

    there bubble is now busted an the cards will fall swiftly

    February 18, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  98. Red White and Blue

    Go U.S.! Nice job military and Obama administration. Keep up the pressure.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  99. shihan

    you can run but you can not hide .

    February 18, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  100. Atul Laddu

    This is great news ! It appears that slowly the Taliban is melting down ! The World is awaiting for the capture of Osama now.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |