"I can confirm that U.S. forces did capture a Pakistani Taliban (the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan) terrorist leader Latif Mehsud in a military operation," said State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf in a daily briefing. "[But] I don’t have further details to share about the operation for you at this time," she added.
Mehsud is a senior commander in the Pakistani Taliban and served as a trusted confidant of the group's leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, she said.
Harf said the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing of Times Square in 2010, as well as attacks on American diplomats in Pakistan.
"The group has vowed to attack the U.S. homeland again," Harf added during her daily press briefing.
Taliban members who attacked U.S. diplomats in Pakistan also launched terrorist attacks that have killed countless Pakistani civilians.
On Sept. 1, 2010, Ambassador-at-Large for Counterterrorism Dan Benjamin announced the designation of the Tehrik-e Taliban as both a Foreign Terrorist Organization and as a Special Designated Global Terrorist Organization, in tandem with the designation of two of its senior leaders, Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali Ur Rehman.
"These designations are part of our multipronged approach to disrupt and dismantle Tehrik-e Taliban in Pakistan. These actions will help stem the flow of finances to the TTP and provide the Department of Justice with a critical tool to prosecute those who knowingly provide material support to the TTP and its senior leaders," said Ambassador Benjamin at a press briefing in 2010.
In another step against the Pakistani Taliban, the State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program offered a $5 million reward for any information leading to the arrest of Mehsud or Rehman.