soldier-clears-taliban-afghan.jpgThe Taliban’s top military commander has been arrested in a joint CIA-Pakistani operation in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, two Pakistani intelligence officers and a senior U.S. official said.

One Pakistani officer said Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a close associate of Osama bin Laden, was arrested 10 days ago with the assistance of the United States and “was talking” to his interrogators.

Baradar is the most senior Afghan Taliban leader arrested since the beginning of the Afghan war in 2001 following the Sept. 11 terror attacks in the United States.

(Continue reading AP article at the Press Democrat)


  1. I’m sorry to disagree, but I really dont think this story belongs here as a “good news” story. It is a very sad thing when we think of fellow humans as “the enemy” when in truth we are all brothers and sisters doing our best according to our beliefs. For sure, many people do crazy and destructive things, but I thought this news network was a haven from reading/hearing about all the negative issues and focusing on positives.

    A news story such as this one is only contributing to the “war” propaganda and not providing us with the light that we all seek. Maybe there’s a positive news story from Afghanistan to offer us all a sense of hope… such as this one: or this one: (found through Google).

    Thanks for all that you’re doing Geri – I’m sure it’s not always easy deciding which articles are appropriate and which not. Keep up the good work : )

    om shanti

  2. I know some people are not going to appreciate this, but when I first saw it, I LOVED IT!
    (That’s not to say I didn’t pause before adding it to the site.)

    When I think about the Taliban burning schools just because GIRLS are attending them… well, that’s when I support the war in Afghanistan wholeheartedly. Those people have suffered enough. If the Taliban is driven into a tribal no-man’s land where they’ll leave everyone else alone, then, we’ve done a great service for the most lovely people of Afghanistan.

    PS to Ganga… I feature good news from this country often.

  3. I agree with Ganga that this story is not “good news” and does not belong here. Of course, what is good news to one may not be to others. As you point out Geri, you interpreted this story as good news and thus, posted it to your site.

    This story and your response to Ganga illustrate just how propagandized we are in this country. I don’t think anyone in this country knows anything about the Taliban or any other so-called “enemy” of the U.S. What we know is what the corporate controlled media wants us to know. As a result, it will be very difficult for you and or anyone that does not have a correspondent on the scene to report anything accurately that takes place outside the U.S. Even within the U.S., only some local media outlets (those not controlled by mega media corporations) still have the freedom to report facts. Your best stories seem to come from these sources.

    Most people today associate “good” with human interest or scientific “breakthrough” stories. Any other kind of story is easily manipulated to suit the point of view of the presenter. It seems that you would be on safer and less controversial ground if you stick to the human interest and science stories.

    Thank you for what you do.

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