Lexington, Mo. – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) released the statement below following media reports of the capture of Taliban shadow governors Mullah Abdul Salam and Mullah Mir Mohammed:


“Media reports about the capture of additional senior Taliban leaders are further evidence that we are finally on the right track in Afghanistan and continue to gain momentum toward success in this conflict. The boost to our troops’ morale because of these victories is invaluable, as is the potential to gain new intelligence about the inner workings of the Taliban from these captives. I continue to remain proud of the outstanding work that our men and women in uniform and members of our intelligence community are doing to keep our nation safe.”