Messaging analysis and other indicators are pointing to a high threat of additional strikes utilizing similar tactics against a variety of targets, which will cause mass casualties, in the days and weeks ahead.
FROM: THE LAST CRUSADE
Tehrik-e-Taliban, a Pakistani terrorist group, claimed responsibility for the failed bombing of Times Square in New York on Sunday. The group also claimed credit for the attack on a Sri Lankan cricket team on March 3, 2009, and the Lahore bombing of May 27, 2009, which killed 35 people and injured 250.
The leader of Tehrik e-Taliban is Baitullah Mehsud, a Pashto warlord, who commands 5,800 fighters. Some of his fighters are American Muslims, who may have been trained at Islamberg and other Jamaat ul-Fuqra compounds throughout the United States. Many of the African Americans, who are trained at the ul-Fuqra compound, are sent to Pakistan to participate in the great jihad. Sheikh Mubarek Gilani, the leader of ul-Fuqra, lives within an armed fortress in Lahore, Pakistan.
IntelCenter has concluded that the two subsequent video messages, threatening further strikes without detailing specific targets or dates, had been recorded for use once the first attack had taken place.
“This may have been done because the operational cell(s) on the ground had general timing guidance but were able to set the final execution time based on its readiness and target availability,” it said. Many experts initially dismissed the Taliban’s claims of responsibility, questioning whether the Tehrik e-Taliban fighters possess the capacity to launch an attack so far from their bases in Pakistan’s north-western tribal belt.
Now the arrest of a Pakistani man, Faisal Shahzad, in connection with the Times Square bomb has refocused attention on the Pakistani terrorist group and its potential links to jihadi groups with global ambitions. Faisal Shahzad, 30, is a naturalized U.S. citizen who resided in Shelton, Connecticut. Like the other Tehrik e-Taliban combatants, the suspect in the attempted Times Square bombing is also a Pashto.