Another leader of the Afghan Taliban has been captured by authorities in Pakistan working in partnership with U.S. intelligence officials. Taliban sources in the region and a counterterrorism officials in Washington have identified the detained insurgent leader as Mullah Abdul Salam, described as the Taliban movement's "shadow governor" of Afghanistan's Kunduz province.
Taliban sources told NEWSWEEK's Sami Yousafzai that Salam was grabbed by Pakistani security forces in the city of Faisalabad about a week ago—close to the same time that Pakistani forces, again with American support, captured the Afghan Taliban's No. 2 leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in Karachi. The Taliban sources said that Mullah Salam was arrested with three other militants.
If true (I'm always skeptical of "Taliban sources"), this has been a very good week for U.S. intelligence in the war.
You have to think, it's probably best that these terrorists are captured in conjunction with the Pakistanis. I guess this means that the Pakistanis are actually holding these suspects. Hopefully they'll be interrogating them thoroughly--Pakistani style!--gathering as much intel as possible. If the Americans had them in custody, how many hours would it take for a higher up to order that the detainee be read his Miranda rights?