Times Square bomber met with top Taliban trainer – Updated!

May 5, 2010

Yet another revelation to make Mayor Bloomberg and MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer look like the idiots they are:

Pakistani investigators believe the man accused of the failed bomb attack in Times Square, Faisal Shahzad, learned about explosives from a senior Taliban expert at a training camp in Pakistan. Mohammad Rehan, one of eight people arrested in Pakistan late Tuesday, is accused of introducing Shahzad to militants gave him lessons in handling explosives.

According to security sources Rehan was arrested in the Pakistani southern port city of Karachi.

He is suspected of taking Shahzad, a son of retired senior air force officer, to the northern city of Peshawar and then to North Waziristan, which is now a Taliban stronghold.

Officials believe 30-year-old Shahzad, a Karachi-born Pushtun, had no relationship with any militant organisation, until Rehan put him in contact with Qari Hussain Mehsud, the chief of the Pakistani Taliban’s suicide squad and explosives expert.

Hussain is believed to have provided training to Shahzad on improvised explosives on a recent visit to Pakistan.

We’ve been hitting the Pakistani Taliban hard for years now, killing several of their top leaders and coming close with others. It’s not surprising they would attempt a payback, but it should be a big, flashing clue to our “leaders” that the real danger comes not from little old ladies protesting out of control spending, but a religiously motivated enemy overseas exploiting sympathetic coreligionists here in the United States.

Given that we’ve now avoided two terrorist disasters thanks only to alert private citizens and the incompetence of our foes, maybe the federal government should concentrate on doing the job its assigned, instead of taking over everything it can lay its hands on.

(via Threat Matrix, which has analysis and background on the web of connections between al Qaeda and Pakistani jihadist groups)

UPDATE LINK: Via NRO, Charlie Szrom of the Critical Threats Project looks at the growing likelihood of an operational link between Shazad and the Pakistani Taliban.


They’re still trying to kill us, a continuing series

May 4, 2010

I haven’t commented yet on the attempted car-bombing of Times Square over the weekend, partly because plenty of people already were, and I didn’t have much to add, but also because I wanted to wait and see what developed over the investigation. My first suspicion was that this was a terrorist operation by jihadists bent on sacrificing innocent people for the glory of Allah, but there was no firm evidence before the public, yet.  It could, after all, have been a lone, home-grown psycho acting out for reasons that had nothing to do with Islam. The bomber might have been one of those crazed, hate-filled Tea-Partiers, or maybe someone upset over health-care reform. So, I waited.

Turns out my suspicions were correct.

The FBI has detained a Pakistani-American suspect who was wanted for his involvement in the failed May 2 car bomb attack at Times Square in New York City.

Authorities arrested Shahzad Faisal on Long Island on Monday night after discovering he was behind the purchase of the SUV used in the Times Square attack. Shahzad and two other men, who have not been identified, were detained at JFK Airport while attempting to leave the US, the Associated Press reported. The men were on board a flight bound for Dubai that had just left the gate. The two othe rmen questioned by the FBI were released from custody, The New York Times reported.

Faisal has since claimed he acted alone, but Pakistani intelligence sources told Fox News that a suspect who was involved with the failed bombing was detained in Karachi.

Faisal is a naturalized American citizen who is originally from Pakistan. He recently returned from Pakistan after spending five months there. While the exact movements of Faisal are not yet known, US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal believe he spent time in al Qaeda or Taliban training camps in North Waziristan.

Waziristan is the heart of Taliban-controlled territory in Pakistan, and the Taliban and al Qaeda maintain numerous training camps there and elsewhere in the region. And now the would-be mujaheddin has admitted he trained at a camp in Waziristan. And, contra Senator Schumer, it turns out the brave, brave jihadi who was trying to blow up children had accomplices: up to eight were arrested within the last day in Pakistan.

This wasn’t a lone psycho. It wasn’t someone upset over domestic policy or the color of our President’s skin. This was an act of war by people who have declared war on us and who have a far different concept of innocent bystanders than we.

It’s been nearly nine years since 9/11, and they’re still trying to kill us. We’d do well to remember that.

RELATED: Sadly, some in the mainstream media were disappointed that the real enemy wasn’t behind this plot. Idiot.


Scratch one Taliban

January 2, 2010

Haji Omar Khan had a bang-up New Year’s Eve, thanks to the US military:

The US killed a senior Taliban leader in an airstrike in the Mir Ali region in North Waziristan, Pakistan, on New Year’s Eve, 2009.

Haji Omar Khan, a senior Taliban leader in South Waziristan who strong ties to Mullah Omar, was killed in the Dec. 31, 2009 airstrike on a safe house in the town of Machi Khel, according to his family. The body is being repatriated to his home town in South Waziristan.

Let’s hope plenty of Taliban and al Qaeda leaders show up for the funeral. Our gunners need the practice.

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