Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan vow attacks on West

Published: June 27, 2011

The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a close ally of al Qaeda, has threatened to carry out a series of attacks against American, British and French targets to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a close ally of al Qaeda, has threatened to carry out a series of attacks against American, British and French targets to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden.

“Soon you will see attacks against America and NATO countries, and our first priorities in Europe will be France and Britain,” deputy TTP leader Wali-ur-Rehman said in a videotape aired on Al Arabiya network over the weekend.

The video showed Rehman flanked by armed followers walking through rough mountain terrain. He sits on a blanket beside a sniper’s rifle on a hilltop and explains the TTP’s plans.

“We selected 10 targets to avenge the death of Bin Laden,” said Rehman, a former teacher who the Pakistani media have described as more sober and experienced than other TTP leaders.

Rehman, also seen firing a machinegun into the distance in the video, did not elaborate.

But he said the first revenge operation was the Taliban siege of PNS Mehran naval base in Karachi last month.

Rehman has pledged allegiance to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, and repeated that pledge on the tape.

The TTP regards the Pakistan army as a US puppet.

It has kept the government on the defensive since Bin Laden’s death, staging suicide bombings, large-scale attacks on security forces with large numbers of fighters, and employing new tactics.

A Taliban militant and his wife carried out a weekend shooting and suicide bombing on a police station that killed 12 policemen.

The Pakistani and Afghan Taliban move easily across the porous frontier and provide each other with shelter and intelligence, complicating efforts to root out militancy in the region US President Barack Obama has described as “the most dangerous place in the world”.

The TTP is blamed for many of the suicide bombings across the country and remains highly dangerous despite a series of army offensives against its strongholds in the northwest on the Afghan border.

It has not demonstrated an ability to stage sophisticated attacks in the West, however.

The TTP’s one apparent bid to inflict carnage in the United States failed. The group claimed responsibility for the botched car bomb attack in New York’s Times Square last year.

But American intelligence agencies take it seriously. It was later added to the United States’ list of foreign terrorist organisations.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Jun 27, 2011 - 4:54PM

    Biting the hand that feed them?Recommend

  • AK
    Jun 27, 2011 - 5:15PM

    Sounds more like paper talk. Who would actually fund these guys and give them the resources to stage these attacks? If it was Afghan Taliban, that would be different.

    TTP are basically stooges of the CIA. Funny to see how the definition of Taliban has completely changed from the original Afghani one to these fake Pakistani Taliban.Recommend

  • Najib Ashraf
    Jun 27, 2011 - 6:59PM

    This is seriously funny. The photograph in the article has most likely been taken either in Delhi or the Presidential Palace in Kabul. Come on, we are injured enough to take these hilarious articles serious. Recommend

  • Sameer
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:19PM

    @ AK – stop being delusional. The US is committed to fighting these fundamentalist terrorists. The TTP were created by the ISI and everybody outside of Pakistan knows that. The rest of us didn’t grow up with textbooks that teach us lies on a daily basis. I am sorry for you that you’ve grown up with so many lies from your government and your military. Some truths for all of the people still living in the delusional mist:

    First, Pakistan’s army HAS LOST EVERY WAR. I know you were taught in school that you won but really Pakistan has lost every single time.

    Second, Pakistan’s army HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE AGGRESSOR.

    Third, Pakistan’s army CREATED THE TALIBAN.

    Fourth, Pakistan’s army MURDERED MILLIONS OF BENGALIS from 1970 – 1971.

    Fifth, PAKISTANI TEXTBOOKS TEACH LIES.

    Get your head out of the ground. Go to Wikipedia. Go to WikiLeaks. There is no conspiracy against Pakistan except for the one run by your own friends at ISRP and the ISI who have lied to Pakistanis for decades.Recommend

  • Bangash
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:32PM

    These wackos have only killed Pakistanis. They fear the US thats why they hide in Pakistan.Recommend

  • dude
    Jun 27, 2011 - 7:42PM

    yes.. I think they deserve it..Recommend

  • observer
    Jun 27, 2011 - 9:49PM

    @AK

    TTP are basically stooges of the CIA.

    But, then why did Hakimullah Mehsud stage a suicide attack on the CIA station in Afghanistan?
    Please also note that the source quoted below is a ‘patriotic Pakistani’ one.

    http://www.defence.pk/forums/u-s-foreign-affairs/43967-lessons-we-must-learn-bombing-cia-station.htmlRecommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 28, 2011 - 4:53AM

    @Bangash: I agree with your comment. However, you are too soft on these criminals, murderers, and terrorists by calling them, wacko.
    Thanks and regards,
    MirzaRecommend

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