May 3rd, 2010
09:44 AM ET

Officials: 'Suprising' if Taliban had role in Times Square incident

[Update] A naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan was arrested overnight in the Times Square bombing investigation. Faisal Shahzad, 30, claimed to have acted alone in the attempted bombing, said a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation. The Joint Terrorism Task Force investigating the bombing attempt has said it's considering the possibility that the attempt involved more than just a "lone wolf." Read the full story and see the developments unfold on CNN's This Just In blog

(CNN) - Investigators in the foiled carb bomb attack in New York's Times Square are evaluating a video released less than 24 hours after the incident by the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, and it has raised questions about whether militants could have been behind the attempted bombing.

A speaker claiming to be Hakimullah Mehsud vowed attacks on major U.S. cities in the nearly nine-minute video. It was his first appearance since reports of his death in a drone strike, according to IntelCenter, a think tank that tracks terrorist groups.

"The time is very near when our fedayeen (fighters) will attack the American states in their major cities," the speaker in the video said. "Our fedayeen have penetrated the terrorist America, we will give extremely painful blows to the fanatic America."

A  senior U.S. military official told CNN Monday there is still no "credible evidence" at the early stages of the investigation that the Pakistani Taliban was responsible for the Times Square bomb incident.

A U.S. official also told CNN it would be "surprising" if the group was behind the attack in New York. The official cannot be identified because of the sensitivity of the information, but is directly aware of the latest U.S. understanding of the incident.

The group has never shown "trans-national capabilities" like other groups such as al Qaeda, but such a possibility is "not something one can rule out at this early stage." The official also said there was no intelligence information beforehand of a Pakistani Taliban operation.

More on the investigation into the Times Square car bomb
Pakistani Taliban video released


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  1. Maximilian

    The taliban is not necessarily a group, but a concept held by a group. The idea is not to protect a religion, culture or society but to have power. By using guerilla tactics, intimidation and terror they seek to oppress the weak and force their ideology upon all. This is not a simple fight to win because the head of the "Taliban" stays well hidden and employs the easily fooled into doing the job for them. In the end they have no regard for life, people or society, it is just a selfish ideology of me me me. It is like little boys with sticks – each boy claiming responsibility for the purported act of bravery, what has he to lose?

    May 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Yas Mohamed

    Its so brainless to say that "Officials: 'Suprising' if Taliban had role in Times Square incident", because previously they are the one who confirmed 9/11 attackers came from Taliban train jihadiest. they fly the the passenger plan an hit so many targets, even the Pentagon. Now a bomb on a car is no sweat for them. So now we see how the officials are so brainless.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sam

    Obama administration needs to understand that there is no truth in Pakistan's claim of Good Taliban & Bad Taliban and the need to engage good Taliban. Make no mistake...A taliban guy given a chance will attack US & US interests. In the meanwhile, US administration is spending tax payer's money to prop up Pakistan and have them fool us for the umpteenth time. Pay them; but then make them walk the talk. Enough of Paki intelligence's double game.

    May 5, 2010 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. LN

    Smith in Oregon, they are cowards...they hide in fear of their lives while launching terror attacks on innocent people here in America & abroad. I for one say send in the drones if that is the only way to get to these religious fanatics. They have in the past stated & had video of insurgents who were dead...no doubt videotaped beforehand to be used in the event of their deaths.....................We owe no apologies for killing terrorists...the same as we would kill a rabid animal.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. West is the Best

    You're naive Henry. They're coming no matter how you treat them. The U.S., Canada, Australia,
    all of us have raised the bar for civilization by opening our countries to anyone and everyone. Unfortunately, it only takes a small number of determined people to attack our way of life and use our freedom against us. Do you really think a power vacuum created by Western appeasement is better for the planet? With number of countries soon having nuclear weapons and a cannon fodder mentality when it comes to their own, let alone our lives? Stop apologizing for breathing. The very number of people alive today on this planet is a testament for Western civilization and our benevolence for humans at large. Start thinking Human, not like a Stalinist apparatchik.

    May 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Henry

    Everyone talks about how the Taliban or terrorists kill Americans.. but no one seems to understand that Americans are killing muslims, terrorists and non-terorists and have been doing so since 9/11 and no government wishes to stop that.. they are just going to end up fighting in more wars, lead to a world war 3 and kill hundreds of millions over two buildings and 3000 lives at the hand of one man..
    if the FBI had not educated osama bin laden, a terrorist, this would not have happened. if you're not going to use the weapon, don't create the weapon!!

    May 4, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. West is the Best

    Yesterday they were blaming it on the Tea Party today they're rationalizing the act, even transferring the blame to the CIA! Man, oh man, the Useful Idiot meets the Energizer Bunny in Oregon.

    May 4, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. QC SEC 1

    I hope that we're able to confirm if a specific organization was responsible for this attempted attack because I think it would probably give us good guidance at a tactical level down range.

    May 4, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. Smith in Oregon

    Wow, a unknown Arab has a million dollar hellfire missile fired at him in hopes of killing him and of course everyone in the immediate vicinity and it apparently missed, likely killing unknown numbers of civilians that had the unfortunate fate of being in that area at that time.

    And the man consequently releases a tape swearing revenge and death of Americans, that's a real shocking response. Shouldn't he have thanked the CIA instead, is that the point?

    May 4, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. West is the Best

    It is amazing to me how lucky we have been in North America given our freedom of movement and the amount of hate propaganda veiled as human rights and social justice activism that inflames people to blow up innocent civilians. I also have to compliment the authorities, something I would not have done in the past.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LN

    Now the authorities are stating the owner is of Pakastani descent. The man also recently traveled to Pakistan. It is only a matter of time before something significant happens.

    With a brother & many family & friends who work for the City of NY this is a very serious matter. I would like to know what Homeland Security does in NY. why can't they check vehicles entering the city? It seems all they do in the Carolina's is drive around.

    MattV, your are correct in that they are perverse & uneducated with no respect for human life.
    They are poisoning young schoolgirls in their own Country.{using chemicals} an act of this kind could only be carried out by perverse sick individuals in the name of religion.

    I also have one , a Police Officer embedded in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan.They say we never found weapons of mass destruction. What are they using to carry out the three recent attacks on schools? someone somewhere has the chemicals & are supplying them.

    May 3, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. West is the Best

    What are the chances of apprehending this creep?

    May 3, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Col Gregory Breazile, USMC

    This was probably some low life that wanted to make the news. In Afghanistan the Taliban get their suicide bombers drugged up so they won't back out of their assigned mission. It's a sad state how they manipulate uneducated people.

    Learn how we are helping train the Afghan Army and Police- http://www.ntm-a.com

    May 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. who rules the white house

    Israel always will work on all fronts to keep the Americans fighting for them, the funny thing is that most Americans know it by now, but they still more than happy to do the hard costly work for Israel.

    Its another Mossad work, now the rest will be done in the white house where they get told how to react and what to do by the Israelis who rules America

    May 3, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan in Lafayette,IN

    I don't believe that the person who planted the car bomb in Times Square had any affiliation or training with al Qaeda or any other terrorist group otherwise we would probably have lost many innocent lives in the attack. This person who made the bomb does not seem to be very knowledgeable in bomb making and I am sure he is just a loner who wants a name for himself.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  16. waxtadpole

    Oh, and let's not forget the White House Correspondents Dinner. It's also surprising that CNN thinks that anyone west of Foggy Bottom cares about this annual circle jerk.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  17. waxtadpole

    What was really surprising was that CNN was still showing Larry King when everyone else was covering Times Square. Apparently even big breaking news has to take a backseat to the old guy in suspenders.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Mattieval

    This is getting old, seriously, the Taliban needs to step off and educate themselves. If that bomb had gone off, many significant lives would have been lost, including Muslims and their "own" people. So what is the Taliban trying to get at? What Qu'ran are they reading that tells them to kill people or any holy book at all. Honestly the Taliban needs to step off in every country because everyone is getting tired of them. The U.S will not stand for this. They should be thankful that the bomb did not go off, because it would have started another war. They tell us to get out of their countries, but because of September 11th, we were brought to them. Why do they continue to provoke us when they don't want us there. Keep blowing things up in our country and we will continue to occupy yours. If they had any amount of common sense, they would see the pattern. As a Muslim American, the Taliban is disgrace to me. I hope as much as anyone else that their entire group falls. This is not Islam, these are uneducated individuals speaking of war in the name of Islam. They pervert the religion to gain some satisfaction in their acts.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  19. Iraq Paramedic

    If it happens again here there might be more backlash than even the experts have thought about. The American people will get tired of the kiss'em & pat on the head & try to pay them off routine & they are going to get radicalized themselves. Beware you who dare to poke the great giant for he is awake but not yet angry.
    May GOD Bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 3, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |