A street in Kandahar (file photo) (epa)
March 7, 2007 -- NATO says Afghan forces have captured a Taliban leader who was trying to flee a security operation by disguising himself in a woman's all-encompassing burqa.
The man has been identified as Mullah Mahmud. He was described as an expert bomb maker.
His capture on March 6 in Kandahar Province came as NATO launched a major offensive in the neighboring province of Helmand against Taliban militants and drug traffickers.
The Afghan Insurgency
A U.S. military vehicle damaged by insurgents near Kandahar (epa)
HOMEGROWN OR IMPORTED? As attacks against Afghan and international forces continue relentlessly, RFE/RL hosted a briefing to discuss the nature of the Afghan insurgency. The discussion featured Marvin Weinbaum, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and RFE/RL Afghanistan analyst Amin Tarzi.