Saturday, October 9, 2010

Hakîmullah Mehsûd surfaces in new video

Today morning (October 9th) a new video of TTP Amîr Hakimullah Mehsûd was posted to the usual internet forums unofficially.

The TTP (Tehrik e Taliban Pakistan) is a federation of pro-Taliban militias from South-Wazîristan up to Swat in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. The groups aim is to support the Afghan Taliban against NATO troops and to establish sharî'ah (Islamic law) in Pakistan. The group was founded in 2007 by Baytullah Mehsûd. Hakîmullah succeeded him after a drone strike that killed Baytullah in August 2009. The group gained notoriety in the West by it's participation in the CIA Khôst bombing and the Times Square plot.
The United States cosider TTP a terrorist organisation.

The new video is 1 minute and 4 seconds in length. Shown are a number of Pashtun tribesmen presumably TTP members and their Amîr Hakîmullah Mehsûd. A tribesman recites poetry in Pashtu language and Hakîmullah comments on the last verse. His comment is greeted with laughter by the audience. The video looks like it was recorded with a mobile phone. I have no idea how recent the video is but I think that it is no coincidence that it surfaced merely days after the recent (October 5th) sentencing of Faisal Shahzâd, the TTP Times Square bomber. 

See the video below:

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