Taliban leader makes threats against Washington

On March 31, 2009 Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, made a direct threat on Washington that in his words would “amaze everyone in the world.”
At the same time the militant leader claimed the responsibility for the raid at the police academy in Lahore where at least 20 were killed on Monday. He further bragged about a new regional militant alliance.

On Monday the Mehsud said that the raid in Lahore was retaliation for US drone attacks on tribal areas in northern Pakistan.

The boasts were made in a telephone interview. It is said that Mehsud called Western news organizations from an undisclosed location.

Times Online

“Soon we will launch an attack in Washington that will amaze everyone in the world … The maximum they can do is martyr me. But we will exact our revenge on them from inside America.”

The threats appear to be a direct response to President Barack Obama’s “Afpak” strategy announced last Friday. The U.S. will be sending 21,000 more troops into Afghanistan and will spend $7.5 billion in Pakistan as to treat the two countries as a single military theater.

Mehsud said during the interview that he has set up a “Council of Mujahidin” by uniting different “to step up attacks on US and Nato forces in Afghanistan”.

The United States has offered an award of $5 million for the capture of Mehsud.


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