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Report: Taliban's top military commander captured (in Karachi, Pakistan, in a raid)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/15/10 | AP

Posted on 02/15/2010 9:00:45 PM PST by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON – The Taliban's top military commander has been captured in Pakistan in a joint operation by Pakistani and U.S. intelligence forces, The New York Times reported.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, described as the No. 2 behind Taliban founder and Osama bin Laden associate Mullah Muhammad Omar, has been in Pakistan's custody for several days, ...

Baradar was captured in Karachi, Pakistan, in a raid by Pakistan's Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, with CIA operatives accompanying the Pakistanis, the Times reported. Pakistan has been leading the interrogation of Baradar, but Americans were also involved, it said.

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If confirmed, Baradar's arrest would be a major setback for the Taliban.

He may also have information on the whereabouts of Omar and bin Laden.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; baradar; captured; karachi; militarycommander; pakistan; taliban
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1 posted on 02/15/2010 9:00:45 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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la cuKarachi

la cuKarachi

Joint intelligence forces ISSI & CIA take down a big one.


2 posted on 02/15/2010 9:02:49 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wonder if the Paki’s know how to properly do the waterboarding?


3 posted on 02/15/2010 9:03:04 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hussein 0bama will want to extradite him to NYC.


4 posted on 02/15/2010 9:03:21 PM PST by unkus
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To: NormsRevenge; SunkenCiv; Marine_Uncle; Fred Nerks; onyx; gandalftb; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; ...

Big News ping.


5 posted on 02/15/2010 9:04:00 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: unkus

Hussein 0bama will want to extradite him to NYC.
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....after Mirandizing him. There, I finished the sentence.


6 posted on 02/15/2010 9:04:39 PM PST by unkus
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To: NormsRevenge
Are we going to Mirandize this guy too?
7 posted on 02/15/2010 9:04:49 PM PST by RedMDer (Recycle Congress in 2010, 2012...)
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To: unkus

I wonder if he’s been read his miranda rights yet?


8 posted on 02/15/2010 9:05:56 PM PST by Mom MD (Jesus is the Light of the world!)
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To: RedMDer

Are we going to Mirandize this guy too?


Hussein 0bama will flub it up (on purpose) somehow.


9 posted on 02/15/2010 9:06:43 PM PST by unkus
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

earlier thread

Secret Joint Raid Captures Taliban’s Top Commander
New York Times ^

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2452153/posts


10 posted on 02/15/2010 9:06:57 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

It’s a good thing. The military will interrogate him in Pakistan. They seem to be secure right now.


11 posted on 02/15/2010 9:08:19 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The correct waterboarding style for this guy is Constant beatings and torture untill he talks....then hold his head under water for about 1 hour......


12 posted on 02/15/2010 9:08:23 PM PST by LtKerst (Lt Kerst)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“Wonder if the Paki’s know how to properly do the waterboarding?”

I’m sure they have “back-up” methods. I bet this guy is singing like a Canary.


13 posted on 02/15/2010 9:08:27 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; NormsRevenge; STARWISE; Liz; hoosiermama; SE Mom; SoCalPol
Please let the Paki’s do the interrogating. Hopefully, he can be called an enemy combatant.
14 posted on 02/15/2010 9:09:59 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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To: Parley Baer; Ernest_at_the_Beach

Newsweek piece from last summer

Ron Moreau | NEWSWEEK
Published Jul 25, 2009

America’s New Nightmare
http://www.newsweek.com/id/208637?GT1=43002
If you thought the longtime head of the Taliban was bad, you should meet his no. 2.

Soon after 4,000 U.S. marines flooded into Afghanistan’s Helmand River Valley on July 2, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar called top Taliban regional commanders together for an urgent briefing. The meeting took place in southwestern Pakistan—not far from the Afghan border but safely out of the Americans’ reach. Baradar told the commanders he wanted just one thing: to keep the Taliban’s losses to a minimum while maximizing the cost to the enemy. Don’t try to hold territory against the Americans’ superior firepower by fighting them head-on, he ordered. Rely on guerrilla tactics whenever possible. Plant “flowers”—improvised explosive devices—on trails and dirt roads. Concentrate on small-unit ambushes, with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. He gave his listeners a special warning: he would hold each of them responsible for the lives of their men. “Keep your weapons on your backs and be on your motorcycles,” Baradar exhorted them. “America has greater military strength, but we have greater faith and commitment.”

In all likelihood, you’ve never heard of Mullah Baradar. The only Taliban leader most people know is Mullah Mohammed Omar, the unworldly, one-eyed village preacher who held the grand title amir-ul-momineen—”leader of the faithful”—when he ruled Afghanistan in the late 1990s. Omar remains a high-value target, with a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head. But he hasn’t been seen in at least three years, even by his most loyal followers, and rarely issues direct orders anymore. In his place, the adversary that American forces are squaring off against in Afghanistan—the man ultimately responsible for the spike in casualties that has made July the deadliest month for Coalition soldiers since the war began in 2001—is Baradar. A cunning, little-known figure, he may be more dangerous than Omar ever was.

In more than two dozen interviews for this profile, past and present members of the Afghan insurgency portrayed Baradar as no mere stand-in for the reclusive Omar. They say Baradar appoints and fires the Taliban’s commanders and governors; presides over its top military council and central ruling Shura in Quetta, the city in southwestern Pakistan where most of the group’s senior leaders are based; and issues the group’s most important policy statements in his own name. It is key that he controls the Taliban’s treasury—hundreds of millions of dollars in -narcotics protection money, ransom payments, highway tolls, and “charitable donations,” largely from the Gulf. “He commands all military, political, religious, and financial power,” says Mullah Shah Wali Akhund, a guerrilla subcommander from Helmand province who met Baradar this March in Quetta for the fourth time. “Baradar has the makings of a brilliant commander,” says Prof. Thomas Johnson, a longtime expert on Afghanistan and an adviser to Coalition forces. “He’s able, charismatic, and knows the land and the people so much better than we can hope to do. He could prove a formidable foe.”


15 posted on 02/15/2010 9:11:45 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: onyx

Turn him loose, count to three, and aim and fire!


16 posted on 02/15/2010 9:12:54 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Chop his head off, replace it with the head of a pig and show it on You Tube.


17 posted on 02/15/2010 9:13:07 PM PST by rbosque (11 year Freeper! Combat Economist.)
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To: Parley Baer

Obama has the luxury of being a “beard” when he wants to. The military will handle it. The “community” knows this.


18 posted on 02/15/2010 9:13:12 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: NormsRevenge

“If confirmed, Baradar’s arrest would be a major setback for the Taliban. “

Taliban commanders and Democrat Senators are sure dropping quickly.


19 posted on 02/15/2010 9:14:03 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (The End of an Error - 01/20/2013)
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To: onyx

Yes .. if only Holder and -0 would NOT
stick their noses in, but ....


20 posted on 02/15/2010 9:30:06 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
A roger that. I will have to hit the rack soon. It has been snowing again in my little back yard, and I will have to get up fairly early for work. But I will attempt to at least view your other pings.
Our folks can complain as they will about the ISI, but they apparently came through on this one. And he is a big fish.
21 posted on 02/15/2010 9:35:31 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....)
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To: NormsRevenge

WHAT? Is this legit? We’ve had false reports about this kind of thing before.

Mullah Omar is isn’t a big fish. He’s a HUGE fish. Let’s hope the Pakistanis are interrogating him and not Holder’s drones.


22 posted on 02/15/2010 9:37:53 PM PST by ksm1
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To: NormsRevenge

get the $$$$$!!!! That would be a huge blow to them.


23 posted on 02/15/2010 9:39:39 PM PST by joesjane (The strength of the pack is the wolf - Rudyard Kipling)
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To: ksm1

Berader is second in command behind Mullah Omar.


24 posted on 02/15/2010 9:41:30 PM PST by joesjane (The strength of the pack is the wolf - Rudyard Kipling)
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To: NormsRevenge

This is great news if its true.


25 posted on 02/15/2010 9:41:58 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: All

I can’t get over the suspicion that the first call from the White House to the commanders in Afghanistan was not to congratulate them but to warn them not to use any inappropriate methods of questioning.


26 posted on 02/15/2010 9:51:57 PM PST by Jonah Johansen ("Coming soon to a neighborhood near you")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“Wonder if the Paki’s know how to properly do the waterboarding?”

God let’s hope so.

What if we missed getting Bin Laden because Obummer couldn’t bring himself to sign off on a special case?


27 posted on 02/15/2010 9:55:14 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: joesjane

“Mullah Omar”

Draw straws to poke his other eye out.


28 posted on 02/15/2010 9:55:20 PM PST by RedMDer (Recycle Congress in 2010, 2012...)
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To: GeronL

I heard this earlier tonight on Fox news and then later that his capture is confirmed and he is in custody. This guy was second in line to Omar...excellant catch...I say bring on the water boarding! And a big cheeer for our troops for this capture...I honor them!!!!!!


29 posted on 02/15/2010 10:11:44 PM PST by caww
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To: NormsRevenge

This poor guy will have to decide whether he will select a vegetarian diet or Goat, his captors will offer him a cell with a view toward Mecca and a Prayer rug, Miranda rights, A US Lawyer and a platform to spout his anti US propaganda...

My guess is he will wish he was captured earlier.

I sure we come to our senses and vote these spineless worms out of office


30 posted on 02/15/2010 10:12:06 PM PST by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: Jonah Johansen

I can’t get over the suspicion that the first call from the White House to the commanders in Afghanistan was not to congratulate them but to warn them not to use any inappropriate methods of questioning.
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They’ll pull a General Patton: “The message was garbled”.


31 posted on 02/15/2010 10:28:12 PM PST by unkus
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To: caww

Great! I am glad to hear its confirmed.


32 posted on 02/15/2010 10:28:46 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: Mom MD; unkus

Should shot him, cause 0bama’s house of traitors will soon give that enemy aid and comfort.


33 posted on 02/15/2010 11:14:00 PM PST by Solitar ("My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them." -- Barry Goldwater)
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To: GeronL

Yes..but you know there’s a lot of dis-information out there at this time so who really knows when it comes right down to it...I think we got Ben-Laden at Toro..they’re just not saying...might be I’m dreaming too Ha!


34 posted on 02/15/2010 11:35:54 PM PST by caww
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To: NormsRevenge

It sure seems as if since Odumbo decided, after 6 months to pull the trigger on more troops for Afghanistan, we have been seeing very favorable reports out of that country.

When Bush was president we heard all the bad news but very little of any good news.

Not that this suprises me...


35 posted on 02/16/2010 2:22:07 AM PST by 101voodoo
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To: NormsRevenge

Gosh, I hope they don’t subject him to “enhanced interrogation”. Barack Sheik Obama wouldn’t like that.


36 posted on 02/16/2010 2:41:16 AM PST by Fresh Wind ("...a whip of political correctness strangles their voice"-Vaclav Klaus on GW skeptics)
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To: NormsRevenge
I hope they keep an eye out for Mullah Omar.


37 posted on 02/16/2010 3:13:37 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: NormsRevenge

sweeeeeet


38 posted on 02/16/2010 3:19:04 AM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: LtKerst

in all fairness, he’s going to find it hard to breathe after being under water for an hour. May I suggest we give him a forced airhole (about 5.56 mm in diameter) so he’ll have less trouble under water.


39 posted on 02/16/2010 4:42:23 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (A moderate muslim is one who is simply buying time to reload..)
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To: joesjane
"get the $$$$$!!!! That would be a huge blow to them.

Absolutely correct. That was my first thought, as well.

40 posted on 02/16/2010 5:24:08 AM PST by RightOnline
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To: NormsRevenge

Brett Winterble over at Covert Radio Show.Com talked late last night/early this am with Bill Roggio about the bust.

http://covertradioshow.com/podcast.cfm?pid=360


41 posted on 02/16/2010 5:39:18 AM PST by RadioCirca1970 (Victory or Death in the War on Terror)
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To: G8 Diplomat

ping


42 posted on 02/16/2010 5:55:53 AM PST by Wiz
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To: Wiz

He looks like the type of guy to whom the nobama administration will (a) qualify for a no-money-down mortgage (b) give political sanctuary because the Pakis are discriminating against him, (c) consider as a replacement for any of the DIMs who are not running again, (d) invite to many of their White House weekly parties, (e) provide with 99 weeks of unemployment insurance, (f) provide a TSA position or (g) all of the above.


43 posted on 02/16/2010 6:20:50 AM PST by hal ogen
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To: RedMDer
Are we going to Mirandize this guy too?

Only if he ends up here in the States. HOWEVER, they will Mirandize the American Operatives who participated in his capture once they return home.

44 posted on 02/16/2010 7:04:00 AM PST by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Since the ISI captured him, there’s a good chance he will “escape” soon. The ISI was one of the big backers of the Taliban when they were in control of Afghanistan.


45 posted on 02/16/2010 7:31:33 AM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: RadioCirca1970

Thanks for the link.

Guess I’ll check the LWJ.


46 posted on 02/16/2010 8:05:12 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: NormsRevenge

Bush’s fault.

Really.


47 posted on 02/16/2010 8:05:45 AM PST by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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To: Repeat Offender; Pining_4_TX; Forgiven_Sinner; grey_whiskers; BlueDragon; LittleBillyInfidel; ...

Thanks Wiz

Pakistan ۋﮧ۱م

FReepmail if you want on or off
48 posted on 02/16/2010 12:39:50 PM PST by G8 Diplomat
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To: joesjane
"get the $$$$$!!!! That would be a huge blow to them."

YES. And this Taliban was in charge of the cash flow. The flow must be permanently disrupted and halted. The absence of cash will stop anything.

49 posted on 02/16/2010 12:53:49 PM PST by NoRedTape
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Chances are the Pakis are doing a lot worse.


50 posted on 02/16/2010 1:52:34 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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