The arrest of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar may be America's turning point of our otherwise desolate war in Afghanistan: Mullah Baradar was considered to be the Number 2 figure after the movement's spiritual leader Mullah Omar. The operation to seize Baradar was conducted by Pakistani Special Services and CIA agents in Karachi Pakistan. The news of Baradar's arrest coincided with the offensive conducted by the International Coalition Forces in the southern provinces of Afghanistan. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the "rumor" about the arrest had been made up by the West to undermine the Taliban resistance to the offensive of occupying forces in southern Afghanistan. Mullah Baradar had been the head of one of the three councils of the Taliban leaders since 2007. He was in charge of military actions, which the Taliban had conducted against the international coalition in Afghanistan's most dangerous provinces. If the capture is confirmed, the arrest may seriously affect the morale of the Taliban fighters in Afghanistan: Baradar was the initiator of the mine war in his region. He had served as Deputy Defense Minister in the Taliban government, which the US troops overthrew in 2001.
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