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US-LED and Afghan soldiers arrested two senior Taliban commanders and six militants during an operation in south-central Afghanistan, officials said today.
The men were seized late yesterday during a joint Afghan-US operation in Charchino, a troubled district in Uruzgan province, US military spokesman Major Mark McCann said.
"We believe that one of them is the brother of Taliban's former governor of (southern) Kandahar province," he told AFP.
Among those arrested was another Taliban leader, the official said on condition of anonymity.
AFGHAN President Hamid Karzai said today Osama bin Laden is 'definitely' in the region and would eventually be caught, even though American and Pakistani generals insist the trail is cold.
"It's very difficult to say where he is hiding. He cannot be away from this region. He's definitely in this region," Mr Karzai told CNN's Weekend Edition. "We will get him sooner or later, trust me on that."
But there has been no indication that they are close to seizing the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks that prompted US President George W. Bush to launch Operation Enduring Freedom with an assault on Afghanistan.
AFGHAN security forces have captured Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar's personal security chief as he travelled in a van to the southern city of Kandahar, provincial officials said today.
The capture of Toor Mullah Naqibullah Khan, who headed Mullah Omar's household security during his time in power, could help US and Afghan forces track down his boss, one of the most wanted fugitives in the US-led war on terror.
Osama bin Laden, who ran his al-Qaeda network in Afghanistan under the protection of the Taliban, is also believed to be at large in the area.
"They were carrying a satellite telephone and some important documents.