Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who is thought to be the Taliban’s top military commander, has been captured in Pakistan.
U.S government sources say that the prisoner is the most significant Taliban figure to be detained since the US-led war in Afghanistan began in 2001. And analysts seem to agree that the Baradar development is a ‘big deal’.
US intelligence services are hoping he’ll cough up information that will help them in their fight against the hardline Islamic movement.
So, does this capture really make a difference? Or is one leader likely to be replaced by another? And how is the capture likely to help the battle to win hearts and minds?
Jczeroman comments on this blog “Doesn’t mean a thing. The Taliban is not an official army – they are a decentralised resistance force. It is an unwinnable war.”
But Tom Sileo in his blog says, ‘this is clearly a fantastic development that we can all celebrate. A vicious terrorist, behind many of the IED’s (improvised explosive device) which have killed brave soldiers you read about every day on this site, is now in U.S. and Pakistani custody.’