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Taliban leader captured

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says it's not going to confirm the capture of the Taliban's top military commander.

President Barack Obama's chief spokesman says the reports that Mullah Baradar was arrested 10 days ago, and that he's talking to his interrogators, are "not helpful."

Baradar would be the most senior Afghan Taliban leader arrested since the start of the Afghan war.

There's speculation that his arrest could be related to a new effort by the U.S. and its NATO allies to negotiate with moderate Taliban figures, in hopes of ending the war in Afghanistan.

An expert describes Baradar as a "pragmatist" who could be prepared to enter into some kind of talks with the United States.

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