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Videos Show Pakistan Taliban Chief Alive

From a relieved Associated Press:


Videos appear to show Pakistan Taliban chief alive

By Zarar Khan, Associated Press Writer Mon May 3, 2010

ISLAMABAD – Two new videos from the Pakistani Taliban appear to show their leader alive and refuting earlier American and Pakistani claims that he was killed in a U.S. missile strike earlier this year, monitoring groups said Monday

In the clips, both apparently dated in April, Mehsud promises attacks on major U.S. cities, but officials have played down any Taliban links to the scare in Times Square.

One of the videos, broadcast on Pakistani television, shows Mehsud sitting in between two masked, armed men. In the background is a banner featuring crossed swords and an Arabic verse.

Speaking in Pashto, but with English subtitles, Mehsud assures viewers he was not killed in a missile strike or any other way, referring to specific reports of his death as lies and propaganda.

"(Praised be to God), on the 4th day of April 2010, I give good news to the Muslim (world) about being alive and healthy," Mehsud says in the nearly 9 minute clip.

The second clip is 2 minutes, 19 seconds long, and has a still picture of Mehsud next to a map of the United States showing explosions in three cities coast to coast, according to IntelCenter, a U.S.-based militant media monitor.

The map is not detailed enough to identify which cities.

A voice that sounds like Mehsud’s says the tape was recorded on April 19. Speaking Urdu, he says the group’s main targets from now on are U.S. cities, and that "good news will be heard within some days or weeks."

U.S. and Pakistani officials had been confident until recently that a January missile strike had killed Mehsud somewhere along the border dividing South Waziristan and North Waziristan tribal regions. The Taliban, however, had consistently denied that Mehsud was killed, but they refused to provide evidence that he was alive on grounds it would endanger his security.

Last week, four Pakistani intelligence officials said the spy networks had determined that Mehsud was alive after all after getting new information from electronic surveillance and reports from sources in the field, including from inside the Taliban. One of them said Mehsud was believed to have been wounded in the attack but had largely recovered…

But our media masters said he was dead.

Weirdly, this adds credence to any Pakistani connection to the Times Square bombing, since Mr. Mehsud is threatening attacks on US cities.

But it’s also takes away a bit of the motive, since he is still alive.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Videos Show Pakistan Taliban Chief Alive”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    Well, this is the type of drama and problems governments create for all of us. –Not them of course, they have lifetime armed guards, retirement benefits, walled communities….they don’t have to worry at all. We should be sure use the 911 system and wait for police if anything should happen to the ordinary folk.

    These are the people we elected to be good stewards to our name internationally, and watchdogs of our rights, and responsible……(wait a minute, laughing too hard to type now) overseers of our credit, debt and economy.

    Between the 60s liberals “Gettin’ the Man off our backs” and conservative “Reducing the size of government”–types, why do we have such a big intrusive, meddlesome, abusive government? Someone has been lying to us me thinks……

    • Right of the People says:

      M,

      Because when you become “The Man” that changes everything. Once you experience the power you don’t want to give it up. That’s why people will spend millions of dollars to get elected to a job that doesn’t even pay $200K a year.

  2. proreason says:

    If this kind of thing continues for too many more months, I will begin to think that the Obama adminstration doesn’t always tell the truth.

  3. canary says:

    Obama’s smokescreen. I’m going to start believing the terrorists when they insist one theirs is still alive. Not U.S. U.N. , or any leader of any Middle-East country that Obama is making our soldiers bow down to.
    NOW our U.S. soldiers in Iraq, are driving civilian buses, because the people are afraid.
    NOW our U.S. soldiers are sitting ducks in big bus targets.
    Obama, Ayers, Osama bin Laden, there is no difference between the cowards in hating American soldiers. I can just see Ayers clapping when Ft. Hood happened, just like Obama smiling and doing a shout out.

  4. Right of the People says:

    Isn’t that Jeff Dunham sitting next to Mehsud? I guess this is more fun than Achmed the dead terrorist.


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