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U.S. Arrests 2 Midlevel Taliban Leaders

U.S. forces have arrested two midlevel Taliban leaders believed linked to recent violence in southern Afghanistan, a U.S. military spokesman said Monday. Special operations forces traveling by helicopter raided a village in Helmand province after sunrise Saturday and detained about 40 people, said Lt. Col. Bryan Hilferty. “Two of them we have identified as midlevel Taliban leaders,” Hilferty told a press conference in the capital, Kabul. He said the other detainees were being screened and would likely be released soon. On Sunday, the local government chief in Musaqala district where the raid took place identified the suspects as Mulvi Abdul Ghafar and Gul Agha — suspected of ties to top Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah. Hilferty didn’t identify the two suspects and said he didn’t know if they were linked to Dadullah. Full Story

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