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Hikmatyar Arrested in Afghanistan

Five years to the day after the al-Qaeda attacks in America, the man who invited Usama bin Laden to Afghanistan in 1996 has been captured. Afghan and Coalition troops acted on intel that Gulbuddin Hikmatyar was in his compound and the Hizb-i-Islami commander and al-Qaeda ally was arrested in eastern Afghanistan today, reports are beginning to show.

The commander of the Hizb-i-Islami militia in Hafezan in the eastern province of Nangarhar, Gulbuddin Hikmatyar, was arrested after credible intelligence led Afghan and coalition forces to his compound, the statement said.

No shots were fired and there were no injuries reported.

Hikmatyar, the former prime minister of Afghanistan, announced jihad or holy war against what he called the US invasion of Afghanistan four and half years ago and the joint opposition of the Afghan government by Taliban and al-Qaeda in the fight against coalition forces.

Said Donald Rumsfeld of Usama bin Laden five years ago, "If you're chasing the chicken around the chicken yard and you don't have him yet and the question is, 'how close are you?' the answer is, 'it's tough to characterize because there's lots of zigs and zags.'"

If this proves accurate, one of the chickens just got snared zigging when he should have been zagging...and somewhere in Afghanistan, someone just may be $5 million richer.

This is a potentially huge development in the Afghanistan theater, possibly taking Hizb-I-Islami out of the fight.