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Islamabad - Pakistani Taliban Vows to Complete Bin Laden’s Mission to Kill “Jews”

Published on: May 18, 2011 02:23 PM
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In this picture taken on Monday, May 16, 2011, the deputy commander of the Pakistani Taliban Waliur Rehman speaks to The Associated Press in Shaktoi, in Pakistani tribal area of South Waziristan along the Afghanistan border. The deputy commander of the Pakistani Taliban says the militant group will complete the mission of Osama bin Laden following his death in a U.S. raid. Rehman said that his men would now fight with a "new zeal". Rehman spoke to the AP on Monday May 16, 2011 along the border between North and South Waziristan, two lawless tribal regions where Islamist militants are strong. (AP Photo/Rasool Dawar)In this picture taken on Monday, May 16, 2011, the deputy commander of the Pakistani Taliban Waliur Rehman speaks to The Associated Press in Shaktoi, in Pakistani tribal area of South Waziristan along the Afghanistan border. The deputy commander of the Pakistani Taliban says the militant group will complete the mission of Osama bin Laden following his death in a U.S. raid. Rehman said that his men would now fight with a "new zeal". Rehman spoke to the AP on Monday May 16, 2011 along the border between North and South Waziristan, two lawless tribal regions where Islamist militants are strong. (AP Photo/Rasool Dawar)

Islamabad - The Pakistani Taliban vowed to fight with “new zeal” in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death to complete the al-Qaida chief’s mission of waging holy war against the West, the deputy commander of the militant group told The Associated Press.

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The comments by Waliur Rehman appeared designed to deflate expectations that the May 2 raid by U.S. Navy SEALs that killed bin Laden would slow down insurgent groups allied with or inspired by al-Qaida. It also could be an attempt to raise morale among the insurgents.

The primary target of the Pakistani Taliban has been Pakistan itself, which the militants claim is essentially a slave to the United States. But the group also has been linked to plots against the West, including a Pakistani American’s failed attempt to detonate a car bomb in New York’s Times Square last year and a suicide bombing that killed seven CIA agents at an Afghan base in 2009.

Last week, the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for a double suicide bombing at a paramilitary police training facility that killed some 90 people, and said it was revenge for bin Laden’s death.

Rehman did not mention those bombings, but suggested the militants would continue to stage attacks in the coming days. He spoke to the AP on Monday along the border between North and South Waziristan, two lawless tribal regions where Islamist militants are strong.

“After the martyrdom of Sheik Osama, the mujahideen will continue jihad to complete his mission with a new zeal,” Rehman said, referring to his fighters.

“We have the same target, program and mission,” he added. “Our enemies are NATO, Jews and Christians.”

Al Jazeera has obtained exclusive footage that appears to show the group vowing revenge for Osama bin Laden’s death. watch below.

The Pakistani Taliban is a network of militant groups that is distinct from but linked to the Afghan Taliban.

On Wednesday, around 100 militants bearing rocket-propelled grenades attacked a key security checkpoint near the Pakistani city of Peshawar, sparking a three-hour clash that killed two police officers and 15 insurgents, said a senior police official, Liaquat Ali Khan.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which is likely tied to the Pakistani military’s offensives against militants in its tribal belt. The checkpoint at Sangu Mera lies just along the border of the Khyber tribal region, one of the areas where the Taliban and other militants have hideouts.

The checkpoint is about six miles (10 kilometers) away from Peshawar, a strategically important city near Afghanistan.

Rehman also questioned details that have emerged about the U.S. raid that killed bin Laden. He said he believed bin Laden detonated a suicide jacket to avoid arrest and that was the reason the U.S. had resisted releasing a photo of his corpse.

The White House says it will not release the photos to avoid sparking outrage and potential violence from bin Laden supporters.

Rehman called bin Laden “a leader and flag carrier of jihad” and said his death was “a heartbreaking loss for us.”

“He was an invaluable asset because he stood with great zeal against the American and Zionist alliance,” Rehman said.

Pakistan and the U.S. are struggling to improve relations since the raid that killed bin Laden in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad. Pakistani officials consider the surprise attack a violation of their sovereignty and deny knowing he was staying in Abbottabad. The U.S. says the secrecy surrounding the mission was vital to its success.

U.S. officials say they hope the bin Laden killing will push Pakistan to do more to take on extremists.

Pakistan’s army has carried out anti-insurgent operations in six of its seven tribal districts. The one place it has not mounted an offensive is volatile North Waziristan, a tribal area home to militants whose primary focus is attacking U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

Islamabad says it is too stretched battling insurgents who have attacked the Pakistani state — including the Pakistani Taliban network — to order a North Waziristan offensive right now. The U.S. relies heavily on its missile strikes to take out targets in North Waziristan.



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 May 18, 2011 at 02:58 PM Anonymous Says:

A just response is that this declaration of war (previously reserved for sovereign nations) requires a similar declaration. Anywhere that Taliban are identified, they will be eliminated. The due process thing has no place in war. That is what the war on terror should be anyway. Meanwhile, America is doing the verbal thing, listening, analyzing, and looking for diplomatic avenues. So stupid.

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 May 18, 2011 at 03:34 PM booky Says:

Pakistan will say Afterwards they didn't support Bin ladin

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 May 18, 2011 at 05:48 PM anonymous23 Says:

This is what happens In Pakistan and surrounding when you have nothing what to do all day!

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 May 18, 2011 at 08:47 PM Gefilte Fish Says:

Jews? I thought they only hate zionists...
Guess I was wrong.

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 May 19, 2011 at 07:36 AM 5TResident Says:

They will end up in the same ash heap of history, along with the Soviets, Nazis, Cossacks, Crusaders, Romans, Assyrians, et al. Nobody ever learns - but it is still incumbent on us to cleave to Hashem Yisborach and follow His ways.

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 May 19, 2011 at 09:48 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Gefilte Fish Says:

Jews? I thought they only hate zionists...
Guess I was wrong.

Guess, cause fish have brains Gefilte Fish have cooked brains..
This is a lesson to all, whether you are a Neturie Karta kissing up to Achmadinijad, or any other of his ilk anti zionists etc. When it comes to killing jews THEY WONT SPARE YOU... Achmadinijad himself will turn on the gas....

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 May 19, 2011 at 10:32 AM 5TResident Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Guess, cause fish have brains Gefilte Fish have cooked brains..
This is a lesson to all, whether you are a Neturie Karta kissing up to Achmadinijad, or any other of his ilk anti zionists etc. When it comes to killing jews THEY WONT SPARE YOU... Achmadinijad himself will turn on the gas....

That is what I do not understand about the Netura Karta. They side with the Palestinians but do they not realize that they would be the first ones persecuted in Palestinian state? If Chas V'sholom Meiah She'arim became part of a Palestinian state, do they think the Palestinians would not kick them out? Tipshim. I just don't get it. If they want to hate Israel, fine, that is their right. But actively giving aid and comfort to the enemy is treason.

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 May 19, 2011 at 10:48 AM clear-thinker Says:

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5TResident Says:

That is what I do not understand about the Netura Karta. They side with the Palestinians but do they not realize that they would be the first ones persecuted in Palestinian state? If Chas V'sholom Meiah She'arim became part of a Palestinian state, do they think the Palestinians would not kick them out? Tipshim. I just don't get it. If they want to hate Israel, fine, that is their right. But actively giving aid and comfort to the enemy is treason.

You misunderstand. Netura Karta knows that the Iranians will protect them. There is a secret plan for the entire group to move to Teheran if the going gets too tough. As to a state of Palestine their representative will be the Chief Rabbi. Everything will be wonderful as long as the Zionists don't get in the way. The only other possible problem would be every other Jew in the world wanting in on this wonderful solution.

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