Times Square bomber trained in Waziristan camp


Faisal Shahzad.

Last night my intelligence sources said it was very likely that Faisal Shahzad, the main suspect in the failed Times Square car bomb attack, had trained in Pakistan’s tribal agency of North Waziristan. From The Long War Journal:

While the exact movements of Faisal are not yet known, US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal believe he spent time in al Qaeda or Taliban training camps in North Waziristan.

“North Waziristan is the heart of al Qaeda’s external operations network,” an intelligence official said. Previous al Qaeda plots, such as the attempted suicide attacks in New York’s subway system in September 2009 by Najibullah Zazi and his accomplices, were hatched in North Waziristan. Zazi, an Afghan citizen, traveled to North Waziristan for more than three-and-a-half months of training.

Today, intelligence sources are telling The Associated Press that Shahzad said he trained in Waziristan:

Law enforcement officials say the Times Square suspect attended a terror training camp in Pakistan.

Faisal Shahzad was arrested late Monday for trying to blow up an SUV two days earlier.

One official said Tuesday that Shahzad told the FBI about his training. Attorney General Eric Holder said Shahzad was providing valuable information about the nearly catastrophic attack, but Holder would not elaborate.

A second official said the camp was in the lawless tribal region of Waziristan, where the Pakistani Taliban operates with near impunity. The group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but officials say there’s no evidence to back that up.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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  • T Ruth says:

    Now that all the evidence is reinforcing what you have been saying from the beginning, here and at LWJ, you would be in absolute order to claim credit in breaking the story of the plot.
    Your voice is fundamental, even necessary, in getting not only the information and facts, but also the risks and threats faced by modern society out there. One cannnot over-rate the credibility you have established.
    On Hakimullah too you were against the tide in observing that we couldn’t be certain of his three deaths, at three different times! So much so that with his recent ominous appearance many are having their credibility re-evaluated with his ‘undeath’.
    All said and done lets hope the US will finally get it right in breaking the back of these psychopaths whether they carry the AQ card, the Afghan Taliban card, the TTP card, an ISI card or any no of professional savages that Pakistan has fostered in its unruly nation, which has become the dark side of the earth.

  • Mr T says:

    Interesting how the Cristmas Day bomber and the Times Square bomber were arrested, mirandized, and then according to law enforement agencies, are singing like birds.
    No torture needed? Just good old fashioned being nice to them and they are nice to us? I don’t believe it. For one thing, I heard Faisal said he acted alone, yet there is plenty of evidence showing he did not act alone. So he is a big liar. Singing out lies is not the same thing. It is furthering the goal of keeping us tied us chasing nothing.
    And what did we learn from the Christmas Day bomber that we were able to act on? Did we arrest or attack some co conspriators based on his “help”.
    How about the Fort Hood Shooter? Has he told us where his support came from? Have we been able to neutralize them?
    Where is our help in the world community? What has China done to help? Troops? Money? Supplies access?

  • Neo says:

    Mr T
    Sorry, but you’re way too far removed to give any substantive account of what this guy is up to.
    Besides, over the last 80 years the FBI has come up with a ways to catch people in lies. I’d give the story a few weeks though before solidifying any opinions though, since early information is often completely wrong.


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