ABC's The Blotter says Taliban commander Mansour Dadullah has threatened the world with terror attacks that will dwarf the failed London bombings, dispatching teams to the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Germany.
It's interesting to speculate on what those attack teams look like. Whether they consist of nationals of the target countries, the better to penetrate. Whether these new attackers are better trained at preparing explosive devices than the failed London bombers. But most curiously of all, why did a relatively obscure Taliban commander announce his attack, when silence would have bought surprise? For political purposes such an attack should have been described as originating from Iraq by Zawahiri himself in order to bolster the "Iraq blowback" theory. It hardly fits the playbook to talk about blowback from Afghanistan. But maybe al-Qaeda is calling attention to threats from Pakistan as one way of taking the heat away from their boys in Iraq.