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Agence France Press is reporting that Pakistan's military has arrested the top Taliban spokesman Maulvi Omar in the lawless tribal region bordering Afghanistan, security and government officials said Tuesday. "A very, very important militant has been arrested," said Major Fazal Ur Rehman, head of the military's media cell. Government and military officials said the detainee was Maulvi Omar, the spokesman for Pakistan's feared Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) organisation, led by Baitullah Mehsud, who was this month reported dead.
The Afghan government took official control of the southern Taliban stronghold of Marjah on Thursday, installing an administrator and raising the national flag while U.S.-led troops worked to root out final pockets of militants.
A team of Pentagon auditors will travel to Afghanistan next month to determine whether the U.S. is doing enough to train and equip local security forces.
Drones aren't the only robots in the American military. More than 2,000 "groundbots" are in use in Afghanistan, doing dangerous work alongside U.S. troops.
A senior U.S. commander said the focus is now fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan.
A Senate Armed Services Committee report found the army of private contractors working for the U.S. in Afghanistan threatens the safety of American troops.
A Marine two-star general says the Taliban is experiencing a serious cash flow problem after losing an estimated half of its annual revenue from the drug trade in southern Afghanistan. The Associated Press reported Maj. Gen. Richard Mills says intelligence reports suggest that last year's poppy blight and government eradication efforts are keeping the Taliban from buying weapons and other supplies. Mills said at a news conference at the Pentagon U.S. troops still have a tough fight on their hands in Marjah.
Is the program to kill or capture terrorists working? A New York Times report seems to show some evidence it is. According to the NYT, American intelligence reporting has recently revealed growing examples of Taliban fighters who are fearful of moving into higher-level command positions because of these lethal operations.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the U.S. to protect any individuals who might be at risk after the Wikileaks War Dairies leaks. He also said the military was reviewing its rules for safeguarding classified information. He called it a "mountain of raw data" that didn't shed new light on U.S. policy but he and experts say it could help the Taliban Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen said that Wikileaks "might already have on their hands the blood of a young soldier or that of an Afghan family."