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Afghan Taliban Commander Reportedly Captured

October 23, 2012

Afghan officials say a high-level Taliban commander in northern Afghanistan, Mullah Abdul Rahman, has been captured in a joint Afghan-NATO operation.

A government official in Konduz Province said Rahman was arrested after a joint operation by elite Afghan police units and the German military on October 19.

A spokesman for Konduz provincial police said Rahman was involved in attacks in Konduz, Takhar, and Badakhshan provinces.

The spokesman said Rahman was the Taliban's shadow governor in Konduz.

A spokesman for NATO's Afghan force said it could not immediately comment.

German media said Germany's elite KSK force was involved in the operation to capture Rahman, who is suspected of having orchestrated deadly attacks on German soldiers.

Germany is the third-largest troop contributor to Afghanistan's NATO-led force.

Based on reporting by Reuters and dpa

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/afghanistan-taliban-commander-konduz/24748510.html

Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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