Ron Moreau

Mullah Omar Names Major Taliban Appointments to Replace a Captured Leader

Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, who remains in hiding and has not been seen publicly for nine years, has appointed two of his top Taliban militia commanders from the south to replace his former deputy and longtime comrade-in-arms Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar who was arrested by Pakistani forces in Karachi last month.

Baradar's Taliban Successors

By all accounts, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will be virtually impossible to replace. Until his recent capture in Karachi by U.S. and Pakistani forces, the Taliban's master strategist was working 18-hour days. Battle-hardened commanders fondly called him Big Father, and it was the Supreme Leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar himself, who nicknamed him Baradar—"brother" in the Pashto tongue—when they were teenagers fighting the Soviets side by side.

Pakistan's New Spy Chief

In the wake of Mumbai's carnage, India handed Islamabad a list of 20 terrorists suspected to be hiding in Pakistan—including one who had phone contact with the gunmen during their attack.