Hakimullah appears on tape, threatens US


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Aug 6, 2009
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Islamabad : The leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, reported killed in a CIA drone aircraft attack in January, has appeared in Internet videos threatening revenge suicide strikes in the United States. Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Taliban Movement of Pakistan, has focused on fighting the Islamabad government and has never proved capable of carrying out overseas attacks.

Even so, the possibility the TTP may have global aspirations may worry Washington because of the group's ties with al-Qaida, which carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington. The warnings were posted on the internet shortly after the TTP said it was responsible for an attempted car bomb attack in New York's Times Square on Saturday evening.

"The time is very near when our Fedayeen (fighters prepared to sacrifice themselves) will attack the American states in their major cities," warned Mehsud, who said the video was recorded on April 4, 2010. "Our Fedayeen have penetrated the terrorist America. We will give extremely painful blows to the fanatic America." The TTP has proven resilient despite Pakistani offensives in the northwest. It has carried out suicide attacks on a wide range of targets — from military facilities to crowded markets. (TOI)

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