Taliban threaten attacks on military
23 August, 2012
ISLAMABAD: The Taliban warned the country's military they had set up a "suicide bombers squad" to hit troops if an offensive is launched in the North Waziristan.
In an email message sent to media, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said it had received "an exclusive intelligence report" about the offensive in North Waziristan from its "sources" in army headquarters.
TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan outlined details about the regiments and units and the possible commander for the campaign, said to be launched on August 26 for one month. "TTP has also prepared itself for resistance, we have set up a suicide bombers squad to welcome (the) army. We will defeat our enemy, whom is defending secular system of Pakistan by punching them back hard," Ehsan said.
Military officials were not immediately available to comment on the claim. On August 3, The Wall Street Journal reported Pakistani and US officials were considering joint counter-terrorism campaigns in Afghanistan and Pakistan against Haqqanis and Taliban. The report said the campaigns would mark an upturn in cooperation between the two countries after more than a year of rancorous relations, since the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Pakistani officials later denied any agreement with Washington for a joint operation in North Waziristan, and said "routine" actions on each side of the border "should not be mistaken for 'joint operations'".