Afghan Taliban chief providing `useful` information: US

Baradar is sharing insights that are adding to US` knowledge of Afghan Taliban.

Updated: May 07, 2010, 09:02 AM IST

Washington: The captured commander of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, has passed on "useful" information to interrogators about the militant group, a US official said on Thursday.

"Baradar is indeed providing useful information. He`s sharing insights that are adding to our knowledge of the Afghan Taliban," the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

The official, who did not offer more details, spoke after a report in the New York Times said Baradar had shed light on the workings of the Afghan Taliban that could help with a possible negotiated settlement to end the war.

Baradar, arrested in January in a Karachi suburb, had not divulged details of Taliban military operations, information coveted by US and NATO commanders as they pursue a pivotal offensive in Kandahar.

But the second-ranking leader of the Taliban did describe how the group`s leadership shura operates and the role of senior figures in the hierarchy, the Times reported, citing US officials.

Interrogators also had gained a more nuanced perspective on how the Taliban`s top leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, was approaching negotiations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai`s government, it said.