Empty sabre-rattling? Possibly. But one will recall that the failed Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, had links with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. “Taliban issues chilling threats against TEN targets in UK, U.S. and France to avenge bin Laden,” from the Daily Mail, June 27:
The Taliban has issued a chilling threat to carry out a series of attacks against 10 targets in Britain, American and France to avenge the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
‘Soon you will see attacks against America and Nato countries, and our first priorities in Europe will be France and Britain,’ deputy Pakistani Taliban leader Wali-ur-Rehman said in a videotape aired on Al Arabiya over the weekend.
The Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP), or Taliban Movement of Pakistan, which swears allegiance to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, is blamed for many of the suicide bombings across the country and remains highly dangerous despite a series of army offensives against its strongholds in the north-west of the country, on the Afghan border.
It has not demonstrated an ability to stage sophisticated attacks in the West, however, and the TTP’s one apparent bid to inflict carnage in the U.S. failed.
The group claimed responsibility for the botched car bomb attack in New York’s Times Square last year.
But American intelligence agencies take it seriously. It was later added to the country’s list of foreign terrorist organisations.
The video showed Rehman, described as more sober and experienced than other TTP leaders, flanked by armed followers walking through rough mountain terrain.
One would hope he’s sober. Beer is haram.