Barack Obama announced this week that he may embrace a plan to reconcile with Taliban leaders in hopes of uniting Afghanistan and ending conflict.
It doesn’t sound like the Taliban is much interested in peace.
Today, the Taliban released their own message…. “America will soon explode and burn.”
Pakistani Taliban militants have warned America that it will soon “burn” while calling for Pakistan’s rulers to be overthrown for following “America’s agenda”.
The United States is convinced Pakistani Taliban militants allied with al Qaeda and operating out of northwestern Pakistani border regions were behind an attempted car-bomb attack in New York’s Times Square on May 1.
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing. If confirmed, it would be the first time their members were involved in an attempted attack in the West.
A Pakistani Taliban spokesman, in a video message obtained by Reuters, repeated a claim of responsibility, saying:
“The movement proved what America could not have even imagined … It was just an explosive-laden vehicle which did not explode.
“But it (America) will see, all imperialist forces will see that it will explode also and America will also burn,” said the spokesman, Azim Tariq, sitting cross-legged on the ground in front of a rock face and speaking in Urdu.
America’s allies would meet the same fate, he said.
“They can neither eliminate the mujahideen nor jihad, nor they can harm Islam,” he said, referring to Muslim holy warriors and holy war.
“Instead, they will have to die themselves, they will be burned themselves, they will have to dig their own graves,” said the spokesman, sporting a long black beard and turban.
Pakistan has been battling its homegrown Taliban, who are allied with the Afghan Taliban, and who have been accused of numerous suicide bombings killing hundreds of people across the nuclear-armed country.
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