WASHINGTON -- The U.S. believes the Pakistani Taliban is responsible for the failed attack on New York City's Times Square. The group has been promising to attack the United States for years. They are getting bigger, stronger, and turning to the U.S. for new recruits.
Pakistan's tribal regions are the go-to training ground for aspiring jihadis from America to Europe to the Middle East. It is no surprise then, that the Pakistani Taliban is enlisting them in its efforts to target the West.
In the last three years, the Taliban's Pakistani branch has killed more people than any other terrorist group in the world. And the latest Times Square plot proves that the group is now looking to follow through on a threat it has been making for years -- to attack the United States.
The Taliban are ruthless and brutal. They have struck everything from mosques to markets to schools for young girls. They have free reign in the tribal regions of Pakistan, where they work closely with al Qaeda to train new recruits and plot against the west.
Several young American Muslims, including Times Square bomber Faisal Shazad, have traveled there in recent years to learn under the terror masters. Shahzad was the first American jihadist to act on behalf of the Pakistani Taliban on U.S. soil. But the group is expanding its reach and influence. And the jihad pipeline from America and Europe to Pakistan's tribal regions means that many more like Faisal Shahzad could be coming to more American cities.