WASHINGTON — U.S. troops claimed they captured a senior Pakistani Taliban leader during a military operation in Afghanistan.
Reuters reported that Latif Mehsud was detained by American forces, under use of a law that said such force could be used against al-Qaeda after 9/11.
Mehsud was the deputy of Tehreek-e-Taliban (Pakistani Taliban) commander Hakimullah Mehsud. The group’s involvement in Afghanistan from their home base in Pakistan centered on toppling the U.S.-backed government in Pakistan and in Afghanistan.
The Pentagon said Mehsud was taken prisoner during a military operation, but the liberal newspaper Washington Post claimed he was arrested from an Afghan government convoy while he was being recruited for another round of peace talks by the Afghan government.