Bill Roggio at The Long War Journal has details on a top Pakistani Taliban commander’s claim of responsibility in yesterday’s failed car bomb attack in New York City. Interesting to note…. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel on YouTube (where the video was displayed) was created on April 30. Officials believe it was created to announce the Times Square attack, and Qari Hussain’s statement was pre-recorded according to the article.
Qari Hussain Mehsud, the top bomb maker for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, said he takes “fully responsibility for the recent attack in the USA.” Qari Hussain made the claim on an audiotape accompanied by images that was released on a YouTube website that calls itself the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel.
The tape has yet to be verified, but US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal believe it is legitimate. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel on YouTube was created on April 30. Officials believe it was created to announce the Times Square attack, and Qari Hussain’s statement was pre-recorded.
All indications are the tape is legitimate. YouTube has pulled the video and shut down the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel since this article was published.
Pakistan Official Deny Taliban Claim of Responsibility
Pakistani intelligence officials on Sunday downplayed a purported Taliban claim of responsibility for the attempted car bomb attack in New York’s Times Square as lacking credibility.
“There is no credible way to prove that the Taliban have this kind of capacity to attempt such an attack in the heart of the United States,” a Pakistani intelligence told CBS News on condition of anonymity.
“A claim is far easier to make than to be carried out in real life,” he added.
The intelligence official was responding to a statement on a website commonly used by Islamists in which the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attempt, “in revenge” for two Islamist leaders named as “Al-Baghdadi and Al-Mahajer and Muslim martyrs.”