Report: Half of Afghan Taliban Leadership Arrested

February 24, 2010 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

I don’t have a clue whether this is true or not, but Anand Gopal of the Christian Science Monitor is saying that Pakistani security forces have arrested fully half of the Afghan Taliban’s leadership — the Quetta Shura — in Pakistan. If true, that should decisively settle the debate over Pakistan throwing its lot in with the United States. Gopal suggests that Pakistan is gambling that some form of reconciliation deal with the Afghan government is likely and it wants to influence the terms.