The Pendleton Panther

Afghan Taliban Second in Command in the Can

Posted on: February 17, 2010

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is behind bars.  The Taliban’s second in command was picked up in Pakistan by U.S. and Pakistani officials.  With his capture comes fuel for the largest effort by the United States to root out the Afghanistan Taliban insurgency since 2001.    The focus of this new campaign is centered on the southern Afghan province of Helmand.  The Marjah district within Helmand is an apparent hotbed of Taliban activity.  Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was the leader of the Quetta Shura: the leadership council of Afghan Taliban.  Baradar’s custody is a major victory for allied forces in the Middle East as it is expected that insurgent morale has been greatly damaged.  The extra 30,000 United States soldiers that are planned to be in Afghanistan by the end of the year will work in conjunction with Afghan military and police forces to eliminate the terrorists.

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