Friday, March 02, 2007

Cheney gets results

Pakistan can't be told what to do. Pakistan does it because it is its pleasure:

PAKISTANI security forces have captured the Taliban's deputy leader, the ruthless military commander Mullah Obaidullah Akhund, in the most significant arrest since the fall of Kabul.

The reported capture of the one-legged Akhund, deputy to the Taliban leader Mullah Omar, in the Pakistani city of Quetta is the biggest coup in years for the NATO-led coalition fighting in Afghanistan.

....Acting on a tip-off from the coalition, Pakistani soldiers and police are said to have closed in on the deputy - who has a $US1million ($1.27million) price tag on his head - while he was staying with relatives.

Mullah Akhund, known as "the al-Zarqawi of Afghanistan" because of his sadistic fondness for beheading captives, was defence minister in the Taliban regime before it was driven out of Kabul in 2001 and has been widely regarded as the one-eyed Mullah Omar's closest lieutenant.

His capture follows the killing in a coalition airstrike in Helmand province in December of another close aide to Mullah Omar, Mullah Akhtar Osmani.

A senior Pakistani intelligence official said last night that authorities were now closing in on Mullah Omar.

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