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Afghanistan Says U.S. Agents Seized Taliban Leader


Latif Mehsud, thought to be about 30 years old, once served as the driver for Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud (pictured left in 2009).

Latif Mehsud, thought to be about 30 years old, once served as the driver for Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud (pictured left in 2009).

Afghan officials say the United States has seized a senior Pakistani Taliban commander from the custody of Afghan intelligence agents who were trying to recruit him for peace talks.

Arsallah Jamal, the governor of Logar Province, said Latif Mehsud was arrested by U.S. forces while he was traveling along a main highway.

The Pakistani Taliban says he was captured on October 5 by the Afghan National Army at the Ghulam Khan border crossing in Khost Province.

Mehsud, thought to be about 30 years old, once served as the driver for Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud.

He eventually worked his way up the ranks to become a trusted deputy.

The two are not related. Mehsud is a common name in the region.

Based on reporting by AP and "The Washington Post"
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