White House hails capture of Taliban leader

WASHINGTON Wed Feb 17, 2010 1:51pm EST

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WASHINGTON Feb 17 (Reuters) - The White House broke its silence on Wednesday on the capture of a key Taliban military commander, calling the development a "big success for our mutual efforts in the region."

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, after declining to speak on Tuesday about the capture of Taliban military commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, confirmed the arrest of Baradar.

(Reporting by Steve Holland, Editing by Sandra Maler)

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