Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Releases Video Featuring Sniper Attacks Carried Out At Night Using Thermal Imaging Systems Against Pakistani Forces In Tribal Region

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February 15, 2022

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The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (the Movement of Pakistani Taliban, TTP) recently released a video featuring the TTP night laser gun attacks targeting Pakistani security forces in various areas of the bordering South Waziristan and Bajaur districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The 17-minute video, titled "Robnaak [horror] War" was produced by TTP propaganda wing Umar Media and released online. The Robnaak War begins with a quote from Quran 8:12: "I will cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. So, kill them, cut their necks and all their fingertips."

In the video, members of the Pakistani security forces manning border posts are seen being shot by unseen Taliban snipers using thermal imaging systems at night. The video shows around seven such attacks by the TTP fighters.

In some operations, the TTP terrorists blow up the border posts after the attacks, most of which were carried out in the South Waziristan tribal district.

As the TTP fighters fire at the Pakistani security forces members, a song plays in the background: "Remove the evil wall from the way; wherever you find a soldier blow him up there." The TTP fighters are also seen coming close to an outpost and throwing hand-grenades on it after the sniper attack.  The lyrics of a Pashtu hymn playing in the background are: "[They] can never escape, he is the son of Kufr [unbelief], shoot him in the head."

The video resembles the Afghan Taliban videos released before the jihadi organization came to power in Afghanistan in mid-August 2021.

Bilal Sarwary, an Afghan journalist, tweeted that that the footage of the TTP operation against the Pakistani army is "quite telling." He said: "The same group that used to make such videos for the Afghan Taliban against the Afghan army is now doing the same for TTP against the Pakistani army. Is it Al-Qaeda? Or the Afghan Taliban?"

Source: Archive.org (U.S.), February 10, 2022.

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