By lex, on February 18th, 2010
The Taliban’s grotesque leadership are all too pleased to send näifs, mental deficients and anonymous innocents to fiery deaths in the name of The Cause, but roll one of them up and he gives up the goods:
Two senior Taliban leaders have been arrested in recent days inside Pakistan, officials said Thursday, as American and Pakistani intelligence agents continued to press their offensive against the group’s leadership after the capture of the insurgency’s military commander last month.
Afghan officials said the Taliban’s “shadow governors” for two provinces in northern Afghanistan had been detained in Pakistan by officials there. Mullah Abdul Salam, the Taliban’s leader in Kunduz, was detained in the Pakistani city of Faisalabad, and Mullah Mir Mohammed of Baghlan Province was also captured in an undisclosed Pakistani city, they said…
Together, the three arrests mark the most significant blow to the Taliban’s leadership since the American-backed war began eight years ago…
In the days that followed Mr. Baradar’s arrest, American officials said he was providing a wealth of information on the Taliban’s operations. For the past several days, he has been interrogated by both Pakistani and American officials.
“Mullah Salam and Mullah Mohammed were the most merciless individuals,” said Gen. Razaq Yaqoobi, police chief of Kunduz Province. “Most of the terror, executions and other crimes committed in northern Afghanistan were on their orders.”
These are the “lions of the Afghan plains,” and so on.
Credit where it’s due: If the hammer of President Obama’s surge forces on the one hand can meet the anvil of a newly engaged Pakistani government on the other, this might just work.