Taliban Leader Threatens US With Attack on DC

March 31, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Notorious Taliban commando, Baitullah Mehsud, threatened the United States with an attack on DC, our nation’s capital, which he claims will “amaze” the world. The United States has a $5 million bounty on his head. Mehsud made these threats during a telephone interview with the Associated Press and other news outlets.

He also claimed responsibility for Monday’s deadly armed attack on the Pakistani Police Academy, near the City of Lahore, leaving seven policemen and two civilians dead, with more than 90 policemen and security officers wounded. Three of the attacking Taliban militants blew themselves up to avoid capture.

Some of the Taliban attackers were disguised in police uniforms, and they took hostages and used grenades during the assault. The violent shoot out lasted over eight hours, the surreal attack shown on live television, before Pakistani security forces overpowered the determined militants. Police captured four of the attackers, and are currently interrogating them, claiming to have obtained “genuine and actual leads that are beneficial for interrogation” from one captive.

This week’s brutal assault on the Pakistani Police Academy is just one of many armed incursions, acts of violence and defiance recently carried out by Taliban militants. The militants are using their “safe enclave” locations to stage attacks against U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan and to coordinate assaults with members of al-Qaida.

Baitullah Mehsud said this latest attack is in retaliation for U.S. missile strikes against Taliban militants camping out on the Afghan border.  Mehsud also claimed responsibility for a recent suicide car bombing that killed four soldiers in the Bannu district and a suicide attack targeting an Islamabad police station last week, killing one policeman.

In a contest of two competing militant groups claiming responsibility for the attack, the Fedayeen al-Islam also came out to claim involvement in the police academy attack. Omar Farooq, spokesperson for the militant group, says he will continue to stage attacks, until Pakistan withdraws its troops from tribal areas near the Afghan border and the U.S. ceases its drone strikes on the militant infested region.

However, Pakistani Interior Ministry Chief, Rehman Malik said he is certain Baitullah Mehsud was involved. Pakistani intelligence reported that one of the attackers, known to be associated with Mehsud, rented a house in Lahore two weeks ago. Police also were able to identify fingerprints taken from the dead attackers, linking them to Mehsud.

Taliban militants have taken over remote tribal regions along the Pakistani/Afghanistan border, especially the area of Swat and the capital City of Mingora. Recently, the increasingly ineffective Pakistani government led by President Asif Ali Zardari, struck a deal with Taliban militants in Northern Pakistan, allowing them to remain in the country under certain conditions, which Taliban commanders and extremist clerics continue to ignore. This is an escalating problem, which will only worsen, as long as the Pakistani government continues to allow the Taliban to remain encamped within its borders.

President Obama supports continued drone attacks, targeting the militant Taliban enclaves along the Afghan border, as the violent groups wreck deadly havoc throughout Pakistan and across the border, endangering US and NATO troops stationed there.

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One Response to “Taliban Leader Threatens US With Attack on DC”

  1. Sikander Hayat on April 1st, 2009 3:13 pm

    Baitullah Mehsud has become the symbol of terrorism in Pakistan and Pakistan must get him soon to thwart this terror wave. He is the beacon of terrorism in Pakistan and was most probably involved in Benazir’s murder. He is being supported by India in his deadly mission to kill as many Muslims as possible while protecting Al-Qaida with the help of Indian station master based in Jalabad & Kandahar.

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    By Sikander Hayat

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