Obama's new pals ............ the' moderate' Taliban. Genius!
The head of the Pakistani Taleban claimed responsibility today for the commando assault on the police academy in Lahore, and threatened further atrocities, not just in Pakistan but in Afghanistan and even in America.
Baitullah Mehsud, 35, said that yesterday's attack was in retaliation for bombing runs by unmanned US drone aircraft in the frontier areas of Pakistan, targeting militant leaders.
Mr Mehsud took the unusual step of picking up the phone in person to call the BBC and Western news agencies, rather than issuing a statement through a spokesman.
Analysts say that his increasing self-confidence comes as he emerges as the leader of an ever-broader alliance of many of the main militant groups in Pakistan. The grouping has proved itself able and willing to strike not just in the troubled tribal areas but to attack high-profile targets in Pakistan's economic heartland, a development that they say is both new and highly dangerous.
"We wholeheartedly take responsibility for this attack and will carry out more such attacks in future,” he said. “It’s revenge for the drone attacks in Pakistan.”
Mr Mehsud said that he had set up a council of mujahedeen (holy warriors) bringing together different militant groups “to step up attacks on US and Nato forces in Afghanistan".
He shrugged off the US bounty on his head, saying his militants would continue their assaults in Pakistan and Afghanistan and could even mount attacks in the United States.
“You can’t imagine how we could avenge this threat inside Washington, inside the White House,” he said. “The maximum they can do is martyr me. We will exact our revenge on them from inside America."
Previously at Atlas:
Taliban to Obama: "There Are No Moderates or Extremists Among Us"
Atlas Shrugs: Even the Taliban say Obama's call on moderates "illogical" ...
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