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ISLAMABAD – Security forces captured the Pakistani Taliban's top spokesman in an operation near the Afghan border, a government official said Tuesday, dealing another blow to the militants following the reported killing of their leader earlier this month.
The seizure of Maulvi Umar — the second arrest of a prominent Taliban figure in 24 hours — follows government claims of disarray in the militants' leadership over who should replace their chief, Baitullah Mehsud, after his reported death in a CIA missile strike on Aug. 5.
Umar was an influential aide to Mehsud, and intelligence