The Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), Pakistan’s most dangerous terrorist organization, promised to attack New York City and Washington, D.C. in a newly released video.
The video, obtained this morning by The Blaze, shows a map of the United States with animated bombs dropping. The video claims that suicide fighters have already been trained and entered NATO countries.
Umar Media, a company of TTP, produced the video.
It shows hooded fighters training with automatic weapons and pistols in isolated mountains. A voice-over urges Muslims around the world to join jihad. According to a translation of the video, it says, “[W]hatever skills you have, whether you be a Muslim living in a NATO country, or Muslims living in Iraq, New York, or Washington, we invite them to study Islam, recite the Koran, look at its orders, then come to the mujahideen and we will train you, stand in our ranks.”
A promise is then made to seek revenge on America and other NATO countries: “I urge you to think – begin jihad against NATO countries, Americans and their allies in their own cities, in their own regions. Whatever skills you may have, whether he be an engineer, into electronics, chemical expert, or of intellectual and logical skills, we invite them to think…”
In the video, TTP said it ordered the 2010 failed bombing in Times Square. It also claimed responsibility for the most deadly attack in CIA history, when in 2009, seven CIA agents died in Afghanistan.
The Blaze reported that they obtained the video from “a Pakistani citizen living in Peshawar, who has asked to remain anonymous for fear of his life. It was also obtained by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) on Saturday, said executive director of MEMRI Steve Stalinsky. Stalinsky sent the translation to The Blaze.”
A US official told The Blaze, “TTP aspires to conduct attacks against the West, but the group is much more capable of striking local targets in Pakistan, where TTP is principally focuse. However, if a Western passport holder — someone like Times Square bomber Faisal Shazhad – were to approach the group and offer his services, the TTP probably wouldn’t turn him away.”