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Posted on 05/02/2010 4:49:06 PM PDT by MestaMachine
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A top Pakistani Taliban commander took credit for yesterday's failed car bomb attack in New York City.
Qari Hussain Mehsud, the top bomb maker for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, said he takes "fully responsibility for the recent attack in the USA." Qari Hussain made the claim on an audiotape accompanied by images that was released on a YouTube website that calls itself the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel.
The tape has yet to be verified, but US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal believe it is legitimate. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel on YouTube was created on April 30. Officials believe it was created to announce the Times Square attack, and Qari Hussains statement was pre-recorded.
All indications are the tape is legitimate. YouTube has pulled the video and shut down the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel since this article was published.
The bomb squad was dispatched to the scene and discovered a crude bomb made of three canisters of propane like those used for barbecue grills, two five-gallon cans of gasoline, consumer-grade fireworks
and two clocks with batteries, The New York Times reported.
David Lee Miller from Fox News reported from the site this morning that the police also removed a metal locker,approximately 2 feet by 4 feet. The police have said nothing about this.
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A few days back, Qari Hussain Ahmed Mehsud entered a new year of his life; as an orthodox Muslim, neither did he cut a cake nor people around him did sing Happy Birthday to You, Happy birthday Qari!, but at least he was aware of it. The birthday of Qari Hussain is not something strange----but at least it would be strange for many that the ruthless commander who has become a symbol of fear amongst the masses and has acquired universal popularity is so young, he is just 22----strange really strange. During a recent conversation with Qari Hussain when this scribe asked him his age he replied, Hakimullah Mehsud (head of Tehrike Taliban Pakistan) is some eight years older than me, I have recently turned 22. My birthday is December 06, 1988. Though the record available with secret agencies says something else, but he himself says that his correct date of birth is this one.
Hussain Ahmed was born in Kotki village in South Waziristan; like other tribesmens children he started studying basic Islamic education in a local mosque. "I received early religious education at a local seminary and for further study I went to Karachi where I received religious education in Jamia Farooqia Karachi, Qari Hussain revealed.
Just like his cousin Hakimullah Mehsud, Qari Hussain from the beginning had ill-feelings towards the Shia sect and liked attacking them. During Baitullah leadership, the two cousins were behind the beheading of a security person with a Sheath background with a teenager boy. The butchered person was a part of sixteen constabulary personnel being made hostages by Taliban----they also released a video of the beheading which was the first incident of its nature. He himself says, I was very young when I joined Lashkar i Jhangvi and actively took part in anti-Shia activities; I also remained for a short time with Ilyas Kashmiri group----later on I focused on jihad in Waziristan.
Until the start of 2007, Qari Hussain was an ordinary Taliban commander but he became a focus of the local and international media, when under the influence of Abu Musa'ab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, and Afghan Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah, he started indoctrination and training of suicide bombers in Waziristan. I was influenced by Al-Zarqawi and Dadullah Shaheed and I started training suicide bombers and beheading our enemies, says Qari Hussain.
In May 2007, some of his comrades attacked the home of Pir Amiruddin Shah, then Political Agent of Khyber agency, situated in Tank town; the attack resulted in the killing of some children and guests while the main target was not present on the occasion. Some newspapers reported that the attack was carried out without the consent of Baitullah Mehsud, then TTP head, so everyone was expecting some gory tussles between the two commanders----but this did not happen. In January 2008 Qari Hussain was reported killed after his house was destroyed in Kotki but he appeared before the media----again he was reported killed during an airstrike at Makin Waziristan in June 2009 and once again he emerged. A few days after the Pakistani government announced Rs. 10 million reward for his death or capture; this was later raised to Rs 50 million but the daredevil is still alive and is actively fighting against the security forces.
In October 2009 when Pakistani security forces launched a military operation against the TTP, Qari Hussains suicide bombers devastated the main cities of the country with bombing attacks; he claims to have his bombers all around the country, just waiting for his go-ahead.
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Hussain runs a training camp for suicide bombers in South Waziristan and has been active in violent acts against the Pakistani government. In May 2007 he directed a campaign of attacks in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The attacks included targeted killings of tribal elders and political agents, and attacks on police which resulted in many civilian deaths.
The violent nature of the attacks almost led to a split with Baitullah Mehsud, who at the time was amir of the TTP. On June 1, 2007, Mehsud captured 17 of Hussain’s men and threatened to kill them in retaliation for a particularly brutal attack upon the residence of Pir Amiruddin Shah, the Political Agent of Khyber Agency, which killed guests and family members and had been undertaken without Mehsud’s consent. However, Hussain is still a commander of Taliban forces.
Hussain was reported dead after his home was destroyed in January 2008, but in May 2008 appeared in front of Pakistani media to deny the reports. He was later reported killed in a 23 June 2009 airstrike at Makeen in South Waziristan, but then phoned reporters to prove he was alive. A few days after the airstrike, the Pakistan government announced a 10 million rupee reward for the killing or capture of Hussain, among other Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan commanders. On November 2, 2009 the reward was increased to 50 million rupees ($600,000)
A report by the Press Trust of India cited sources affirming that Hussain was killed on January 14, 2010, in the American drone airstrike in North Waziristan that reportedly killed Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud; however, Hussain apparently spoke with local media by telephone to deny Mehsud’s death. The News International later reported that “top Pakistani and US sources” have confirmed Hussain’s death in the same drone strike against Mehsud. However, he once again appeared in an interview, speaking with Rediff.com in March 2010, and again denying Mehsud’s death.
Hussain claimed responsibility for the 2010 Times Square car bomb attempt in an as of yet unverified audiotape that was posted on the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel on the website YouTube.
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Whitewashing Koran-Inspired Murders In Chicago
humanevents ^ | 4/20/10
I wonder if we will ever know the details?
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Snip: Now it is becoming more apparent the Taliban by themselves are a major threat to our security. Regardless of their links to al-Qaida, Taliban operatives seem determined to kill Americans.
Here we go agaiin:
Hoekstra - Don't jump to conclusions on bomb attempt
Its too early, said U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Holland), the senior Republican on a committee that deals with terrorism and security threats. Dont jump to any conclusions. Because it could be some lone wolf, crazy guy here in the U.S. Or it could be al-Qaida or Taliban.
Claim - Taliban involved in NYC bomb scare no evidence of larger plot
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told ABC's Jake Tapper this morning that authorities had not found any evidence that the bomb scare in New York City on Saturday May 1 was part of a larger plot. "We have no evidence right now that this is anything other than a one off," said Napolitano.
2 boys schools blown up in Bajaur Agency
Snip: Taliban blew up two more boys schools in Khar tehsil of Bajaur Agency, increasing the number of schools so far destroyed in the agency to 82. Also in Bajaur, security forces shot and killed a would-be suicide bomber who attempted to blow himself up near vehicles of the forces in Bilalabad area of Khar tehsil. ....
Would be bomber in NY kept it simple
For years it has been a weapon of choice in hot spots across the globe: cars or trucks loaded with explosives, detonated in busy markets, public squares and government buildings.
The would-be bomber who left his smoldering SUV in the heart of Midtown Manhattan used the simplest of ingredients: gasoline cans, propane tanks, the kind of ordinary black powder found in cheap roadside fireworks.
Do we ever? Just another isolated incident. Innocent and pure as the driven snow.
Although, Ray Kelly seems to be getting mighty fed up, (no pun intended,) with the Feds. He backed Homeland Security down last night and told them he had it under control.
I don’t think he trusts them anymore since the Zazi fiasco. If Kelly wouldn’t have pulled the trigger when he did, Lord only knows what would have happened.
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