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.
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