NY Attack - Taliban Connection?

(cross posted at kickin it with cg and motley moose)

A gunman, reportedly an immigrant from Vietnam, took hostages and opened fire in a U.S. immigration center in New York yesterday. 13 people were killed. The man later killed himself.

After the incident, Pakistani Taliban militant leader Baituallah Mehsud claimed credit for the attack.  Reuters reports:

"Pakistani Taliban militant leader Baituallah Mehsud claimed on Saturday responsibility for an attack on a U.S. immigration center in New York state in which 13 people were killed.

"'I accept responsibility. They were my men. I gave them orders in reaction to U.S. drone attacks,' Mehsud told by telephone from an undisclosed location.

Reports claim the FBI have ruled out the Taliban's responsibility in the attack and a Fox Pakistani security analyst "dismissed Mehsud's claim as a publicity stunt." 

What do you think?

Tags: Attacks, baituallah mehsud, FBI, New York, pakistan, Taliban (all tags)



doesn't seem likely to me.

by canadian gal 2009-04-04 02:01PM | 0 recs
Re: NY Attack - Taliban Connection?

Baituallah Mehsud couldn't place Binghamton on a map if we spotted him New York.

by Charles Lemos 2009-04-04 02:33PM | 0 recs
Re: NY Attack - Taliban Connection?

Watching news now, sounds unlikely.

by jsfox 2009-04-04 02:35PM | 0 recs

Not to in anyway degrade the quality of the lives lost, but this was not exactly a high publicity high grade target, if you are the Taliban.

by WashStateBlue 2009-04-04 03:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Ridiculous

True, but it would probably be about the scope they could budget for at this point.

by RecoveringRepublican 2009-04-04 03:52PM | 0 recs
Re: NY Attack - Taliban Connection?

A Vietnamese Taleban...please!!! This is their MO. Turn one ethnicity against another by making weird claims. The aim of Islamists is to turn one ethnicity against another. Before we make hasty conclusions I am sure the police will get some more info soon. Till then let's keep bombing these savages in their shit-holes in Pakistan.

by tarheel74 2009-04-04 04:20PM | 0 recs
Re: NY Attack - Taliban Connection?

Thanks for sharing that news factoid - The Talibani acceptance of responsibility is just surreal (if we can slide anymore in that direction).

And let me offer congratulations - you went one complete and full diary, complete with comments, that didn't turn into a Middle Eastern cyberwar.

by RecoveringRepublican 2009-04-04 04:50PM | 0 recs
Explaining the Poor Joke

The one full diary without was the last one, not the current one, and "Middle Eastern Cyberwar" might better work as "I/P Dodgeball" as the former was too general.

by RecoveringRepublican 2009-04-04 05:39PM | 0 recs
Re: NY Attack - Taliban Connection?

Surreal and telling. If there was any chance they could pull off a serious terrorism attack here, they wouldn't be claiming credit for this. Ditto if they felt like the terrorism movement still had a lot of steam.

by vcalzone 2009-04-04 07:56PM | 0 recs
I think not.

They just want to claim credit, watch our heads explode and see which innocent country we invade.

by GFORD 2009-04-04 08:19PM | 0 recs
I vote for South Carolina

We capture Mark Sanford and put him on trial for being a blow-hard and a hypocrite?

by WashStateBlue 2009-04-04 10:11PM | 0 recs
Re: I vote for South Carolina

No argument here, but we should probably blow down on the charges a little better. Over-application might leave 6 non-incarcerated people left to hold office (the rest would vote Sanford "Class President" I bet!)

by RecoveringRepublican 2009-04-05 05:17AM | 0 recs
Re: NY Attack - Taliban Connection?

I vote for the lone gunman theory in THIS case.

by nikkid 2009-04-05 07:41AM | 0 recs


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