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Taliban Leader Caught Fleeing In Burqa

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.

(dpa, Reuters)

The Afghan Insurgency

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.


Listen to the entire briefing (about 83 minutes):
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