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Shahzad worked on behalf of Taliban: White House

White House Sunday said terror suspect Faisal Shahzad, arrested for the failed Times Square bomb attempt, was working on behalf of the Pakistani Taliban, which has close links with al-Qaeda.

Washington: White House Sunday said terror
suspect Faisal Shahzad, arrested for the failed Times Square
bomb attempt, was working on behalf of the Pakistani Taliban,
which has close links with al-Qaeda.

"It looks like he was working on behalf of the Tehrik-
e-Taliban Pakistan, the TTP, as the Pakistan Taliban. This is
a group that is closely allied with al Qaeda.

"They have been responsible for a number of attacks in
Pakistan against Pakistani targets as well as US targets,"
Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan told the CNN in
an interview.

"...This is something that we`re taking very
seriously," he said.

"The investigation is ongoing. We are learning more
and more every day," he said. "The case is still involving,
ongoing investigation. Mr Shahzad is in custody. He is being
cooperative as far as responding to our questions," he added.

"He has trouble back and forth in Pakistan a number of
times over the years. He returned to the United States in
February. And it is again looking like the TTP was responsible
for this attempt, that he had worked with the TTP over the
past number of months when he was in Pakistan," he said.

He said it looks like that Shahzad was captured by the
"murderous rhetoric" of Al Qaeda and the TTP that looks at the
United States as an enemy.

"What we are trying to do is to determine now exactly
who helped him, who worked with him and making sure that we
are able to uncover and then to address successfully these
individuals who are trying to carry out other attacks," he

Brennan said the TTP has been training with, operating
with, planning attacks with al Qaeda for a number of years.

"It was formed several years ago. It is dedicated to
the same type of agenda that al Qaeda has, which is a
murderous one, to kill innocent civilians. They have operated
inside of Pakistan. They have pledged to carry out attacks in
other areas of the world, including the United States here,"
he said.

Brennan said the latest incident underscores the
serious threat that US faces from a very determined enemy and
that the country has to remain "very vigilant" and do
everything to prevent them from carrying out successful

Referring to the recent incidents of Najibullah Zazi
and David Headley, Brennan said these are individuals who have
roots in that region who travel back and forth.

"I think it shows at al Qaeda, the TTP and other
groups are trying to take advantage of individuals who may
have been able to come here to the United States, in some
instances like Shahzad, acquire US citizenship and exploit
them for their agendas.

This is something we have to remain on guard against
and we are doing that every day," he asserted.

At the same time, Brennan, argued that because of
America`s success in degrading the capabilities of these
terrorist groups overseas, preventing them from carrying out
these attacks, they now are relegated to trying to do these
unsophisticated attacks showing that they have inept
capabilities in training.

"So this is a challenge that every day, we have to
remain on our guard. They are trying to find vulnerabilities
in our defences. And we have been very, very successful
because of the tremendously courageous and brave work that
Americans are doing throughout the world," he said.


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