Mehsud’s training camp video worries Pak ArmyJune 21st, 2009 - 5:39 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 21 (ANI): As the Pakistan Army prepares for a spectacular offensive against the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) chief Baitullah Mehsud is South Waziristan, a ‘jihadi’ video showcasing the strength of the insurgents has the security forces worried.
The 39-minute video, which was posted on an Al-Qaeda website recently, contains footages of a training camp which is supposedly based in South Waziristan, Mehsud’s stronghold.
The video has sent shock waves among the security officials, as they now fear a stiff resistance from the insurgents during their operation in the region.
The video titled, Revenge - the Big Attacks of Baitullah Mehsud, is probably the first such footage of a terror training camp running in South Waziristan which has been made public, The Times reports.
The video shows 18 of Mehsud’s loyals in balaclavas firing automatic weapons into the hillside in a display of force.
It also shows two pale skinned men loading a sophisticated weapon, which clearly suggests presence of some foreign recruits, including from western countries, in Mehsud’s army.
Experts also believe that there is every possibility of westerners joining the terror camps being run in the unattainable rough terrains of South Waziristan.
“It is ‘entirely likely’ that westerners could be attending training camps in Waziristan. Of 90 terrorism suspects convicted since 2003, at least half had trained in Afghanistan or Pakistan,” Director of the Royal United Services Institute, Professor Michael Clarke said.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar has said that the military is all prepared to launch an attack on the Taliban warlord Mehsud, and is just waiting for the green signal.
“He (Mehsud) is working against the interest of the state of Pakistan. We have a network of informers after him and the moment his whereabouts are known, the forces are going to hit him,” Mukhtar said. (ANI)
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