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Feds Drop Terrorism Charge Against Miami Cab Driver

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors dropped their terrorism case against a former Miami cab driver held for nearly a year on charges that he provided aid to Pakistani Taliban terrorists, the Miami Herald reports.

The U.S. attorney’s office didn’t elaborate on why they dismissed charges against Irfan Khan, 39, a U.S. citizen who is married with two children.

Police arrested Khan in May 2011 in Los Angeles on charges that he conspired with his father, brother and three others to provide financial aid to the Pakistani Taliban, a recognized terrorist group, according to the Miami Herald.

The case made international headlines.

Khan’s brother and father remain in custody awaiting trial in November.

The others accused are believed to be living in Pakistan, the Miami Herald reported.

Pakistani Investigators Say There’s No Evidence NY Bomber Linked to Pakistani Taliban, London Paper Reports

pakistan-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Pakistani investigators say there is no evidence so far that the New York car bomber Faisal Shahzad was carrying out the bombing on behalf of the Pakistani Taliban, contrary to American claims, the Guardian newspaper of London.

The London paper quoted an unnamed Pakistani security official with knowledge of the investigation as saying: “No Taliban link has come to the fore.”

Pakistani authorities have questioned Muhammad Rehan, a friend of the NY bomber  Shahzad. Rehan, a member of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad radical group, was arrested last week outside a radical mosque in Karachi, the paper reported.

The paper reported that Rehan remains the only link to Shahzad at this time.

“Officials in Islamabad are perplexed and angry at statements from Washington about Shahzad’s links with the Pakistani Taliban, believing that the US is exploiting the issue to apply pressure for new military offensives in Pakistan’s tribal border area with Afghanistan, in the north Waziristan region,” the paper reported.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported that Sen. Christopher S. Bond (R-Mo.)  of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday expressed some skepticism about the links to the Pakistani Taliban, saying the claims were based on “suspicious and tenuous connections”.

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Pakistani Taliban Directed NY Car Bomber to Use Cash to Hide Trail

cash2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The failed N.Y. car bomber Faisal Shahzad was told by the Pakistani Taliban to pay cash for everything to avoid leaving a trail, the Los Angles Times is reporting.

“He paid cash for his gun and he paid cash for the van he acquired,” a source told the Times. “He was told to be very careful about not letting anything track back to him. No receipts, and no paper. No nothing.”

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. hit the Sunday morning talk show circuit and said the Pakistani Taliban was intimately involved in the plot.

“We’ve now developed evidence that shows that the Pakistani Taliban was behind the attack,” Holder said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We know that they helped facilitate it. We know that they probably helped finance it. And that he was working at their direction.”

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