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Dec 7, 2014 9:24 AM

US hands over senior Taliban commander to Pakistan

The Associated Press

ISLAMABAD (AP) The U.S. military in Afghanistan says it has handed over three Pakistani detainees to Islamabad, including one who Pakistan intelligence officers say is a senior Taliban commander.

The U.S. did not name the prisoners but two Pakistani intelligence officials say Latif Mehsud was among them. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The U.S. said in a statement Sunday that the transfer happened Saturday.

Mehsud's transfer underlines improving relations between the U.S., Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Pakistan has long demanded that Afghanistan hand over militants operating in its territory, and the issue was a source of sharp tension between Pakistan and former Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Mehsud was captured in October of last year.


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