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February 17th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Taliban capture a turning point?

Pakistan is now confirming the capture of the Taliban's top military commander.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who is said to have been nabbed in Karachi, is the real deal. A man reportedly at the core of Taliban operations and training.

To discuss the significance of the event, we were joined on Wednesday's American Morning by two former CIA officers, Gary Berntsen and Reuel Marc Gerecht.

Read more: Capture may be turning point in Taliban fight


Filed under: Afghanistan • World
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  1. nrged

    what are you saying? Remember that every time you try to kill Americans, you are instilling the same resolve in us. There would be no war if you had not attacked our warship, the world trade center... We are not as weak as you may think. We are bees in a hive as well

    March 17, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  2. chinankh

    Sadly, you do not see the big picture..There are literally hundreds of thousands of leaders of the Taliban, every member is a potential leader...they all believe the same thing...Killing/murdering one Taliban leader not only is quickly replaced by another, but there are usually three more members. You make a Taliban leader every time you kill an innocent child, you create a taliban leader everytime you kill an innocent person in that country..In your lust to kill, maim, and hurt your way to victory..you are using a machine gun to kill a swarm of bees....you'll get some of them, but each bee has the same agenda.protecting its hive..

    March 5, 2010 at 12:14 am |
  3. Daniel

    I am scared that this offensive,if successful,will only lead to a greater war,probably with Iran.All this bravado I keep hearing about how successful they are really makes me sick to my stomach.I find It quite sickening to hear the news media,the military and the government officials brag themselves hoarse over it.I guess with all that god-awful weaponry and those killer drones they're bound to kill a lot of people which I find extremely disgusting and appalling.

    February 20, 2010 at 4:43 am |
  4. ronvan

    Have to agree Dan. The fact that this guy was "captured" in Pakistan gives credence to all those that have said alot of these "animals leaders" are there! Just hope that the U.S. doesn't want to bring him back here and start that mess!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  5. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    I don't think so, there probably is someone waiting in the wings to take over. Also only if Pakistan will continue to cooperate with our forces will we be able to capture high profile Taliban or al Qaeda and turn the tables in this war on terror.

    February 17, 2010 at 9:57 am |