February 23rd, 2010
01:58 PM ET

Around the Web: Pakistan captures another Taliban leader

Another senior Afghan Taliban leader has been arrested in Pakistan, two Pakistani intelligence officials told CNN.

Security forces arrested Mullah Abdul Kabir last week from a religious school in the district of Nowshera, 54 miles (88 km) northwest of Islamabad, the officials said.

Mullah Kabir served on the Taliban's Council of Ministers and governed the eastern zone of Afghanistan during the Taliban rule of the 1990s, said Imtiaz Gul, head of the Islamabad-based Center for Research and Security Studies.

Kabir is the fourth Afghan Taliban leader to be arrested by Pakistani security forces in the past several weeks. 

In a statement to CNN, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid denied that Mullah Kabir had been arrested.

Other reporting on the arrest: Washington Post; New York Times; Los Angeles Times; BBC; Globe and Mail.

Some other news reports and perspectives:

- USA Today: “Taliban tries kinder, gentler tactics in Marjah

- McClatchy: “U.S. spending $600 million on Afghan police stations

- Gerard Russell (Guardian): "Karzai has taken personal control of the electoral process"

- Alex Alexiev (National Review): “Afghanistan at the crossroads

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