Tuesday 19 July 2011

Oh, and thanks for all those killings...

Inspire's tribute to Hakimullah
The sixth edition of al-Qaeda's English-language magazine, Inspire contains a full-page tribute to Pakistan Taliban boss Hakimullah Mahsud, thanking the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan "for taking revenge on behalf of Shaykh Usama bin Ladin".
Hakimullah, however, is very unlikely to see this tribute. He has not been heard of for months and is presiding in name only over an organisation that is riven with splits and turning on itself. Fearing a drone attack similar to the one that killed his predecessor, Baitullah Mahsud, he is hidden and silent. 
The "revenge" mentioned in the tribute  presumably refers to the mass-casualty suicide bombs the TTP lets off in public places in Pakistan with monotonous (and bloody) regularity. Some people say that Inspire is slick. Sick would be more accurate.

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