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Shahzad: Drone Attacks Made Me Do It!

From the New York Post:

Residents and media gather outside the ancestral ...

Residents and media gather outside the ancestral home of the family of Faisal Shahzad in the village of Mohib Banda, near the main northwestern city of Peshawar,

Taliban lackey’s twisted mission


May 5, 2010

It was payback.

The Connecticut man charged yesterday with the botched Times Square car bombing confessed to trying to slaughter innocent people in retaliation for US drone attacks that wiped out the leadership of his beloved Taliban, The Post has learned.

Admitted terrorist Faisal Shahzad — who copped to training in explosives in the past year with Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, the leading extremist Islamic group in his native Pakistan — said he was driven to evil by the slew of deaths among leaders of the terror group, law-enforcement sources revealed yesterday.

His training came in a tribal area where American drone aircraft have pummeled members of the Pakistan Taliban and al Qaeda in the past year.

Sources said he was an eyewitness to the onslaught throughout the eight months he spent in Pakistan beginning last summer.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the Times Square bombing attempt immediately after it occurred, saying it was in response to the drone killing of one of its leaders in August — but that claim had been roundly discounted by US authorities at the time.

But by yesterday, Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Qureshi said, "This is a blowback. This is a reaction. This is retaliation. And you could expect that," according to CBS News.

"Let’s not be naive. They’re going to fight back."

Sources told The Post that Shahzad had been known to authorities before the attempted Times Square bomb bid, but did not say why he had come to their attention…

When grilled by investigators, Shahzad "admitted he had attempted to detonate a bomb in Times Square. He also said he had recently received five months’ worth of bomb-making instruction in Waziristan, Pakistan," a criminal complaint says.

Shahzad traveled to Pakistan last July and stayed there until early February, when he returned to Bridgeport.

Among those arrested in Pakistan was Tauhid Ahmed, with whom Shahzad had been communicating via e-mail and whom he’d met at least once.

Also busted was Muhammad Rehan, who was picked up at a mosque associated with militant activity. Shahzad during his trip to Pakistan had met with Rehan.

Investigators were also looking at possible ties between Shahzad and David Headley, another Pakistani American, who pleaded guilty to the 2008 bombings in Mumbai, India, The Daily Beast Web site reported.

The criminal complaint says Shahzad bought the 1993 Pathfinder on April 24 from a person in Connecticut to whom he paid $1,300 in $100 bills after test-driving it in a parking lot…

The same day as the purchase, Shahzad received four calls from a telephone in Pakistan on a prepaid cellphone he had bought.

The next day, that phone was used to call a Pennsylvania fireworks store that sells M-88s, like those later found in the Times Square bomb…

At last we have a motive. And there is no mention of his mortgage foreclosure.

Isn’t that odd?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 5th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Shahzad: Drone Attacks Made Me Do It!”

  1. mr_bill says:

    Obama’s illegal drone attacks on women and children in Pakistan drove this man to fight against the US. Last time I checked there has been no declared war in Pakistan. OBAMA WAR CRIMES! IMPEACH OBAMA! TRY HIM IN THE HAGUE!

    Isn’t that the liberal template used when Bush was President? Where is Code Pink, Cindy Sheehan, moveon.org, etc.? Double standatd, what?

  2. P. Aaron says:

    Darn! Where’s those wrascally TEA Party dudes when you need to blame ’em?

  3. Mithrandir says:

    Ah, so it’s OBAMA’S fault!

    The administration that passed the buck faster than a casino card table is finally pinned down on this one.

    Perhaps the Nobel Prize winner shouldn’t have sent 30,000 more troops into the region.

    Wins prize after 2 weeks in office, and Reagan gets nothing after 8 years in office—what a joke!

  4. proreason says:

    Just imagine how many more of these guys there would be if not for the saintly Obama.

    How many attacks have been not created because of our boy genius?

    We should measure them to show the effectiveness of his leadership.

    I’m example 1. No jihadist has attacked me since the Dear Leader took office.

    It’s nearly a miracle.

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