- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Pakistani Taliban has failed to strike terror into the hearts of defense watchers with the release of its new “no tension” uniforms.

Military Times and a slew of national security monitors roundly mocked a Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) propaganda video this week as anything but terror-inducing. Journalist Jake Hanrahan and his peers likened the look to something a teenage Islamic terrorist might wear if he were weaned on rap-rock and ska music.

“By tucking camo pants into knee-high white socks, TTP fighters now have greater aerodynamic maneuverability when firing RPGs, as well as the added flexibility required to break into an impromptu mosh-kick whenever No Doubt’s ‘Just a Girl’ blares from the speakers of a gun-mounted Toyota pickup,” Military Times joked Monday.

“The Pakistani Taliban has managed to create one of the most cringeworthy jihadi aesthetics. They look like Sum 41 with RPGs,” added Mr. Hanrahan.

“Pakistani Taliban (TTP) out training in some new, not so cool, outfit. Not really sure what the ‘no tension’ is about,” added Tore Hamming, founder of the risk consultant group MENA Analysis.

The terror group’s propaganda footage features trainees shooting weapons while wearing a black shirt with a “no tension” logo on the front and back.

TTP was designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department in September 2010.

There is a reward of up to $5 million for information on TTP leader Maulana Fazlullah, and up to $3 million each for information on Abdul Wali and Mangal Bagh.

Each man is wanted, in part, for the following:

  • Maulana Fazlullah: The leader of TTP “has claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist acts against Pakistani and U.S. interests, including the failed attempt by Faisal Shahzad to detonate an explosive device in New York City’s Times Square on May 1, 2010.”
  • Abdul Wali: The leader of Jamaat ul-Ahrar (JUA), a militant faction affiliated with TTP “has staged multiple attacks in the region targeting civilians, religious minorities, military personnel, and law enforcement, and was responsible for the killing of two Pakistani employees of the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar in early March 2016.”
  • Mangal Bagh: The leader of Lashkar-e-Islam, a militant faction affiliated with TTP, has used operative to attack NATO convoys. “His group generates revenue from drug trafficking, smuggling, kidnapping, and collection of ‘taxes’ on transit trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

The terror group has maintained a close alliance with al-Qaeda since 2008.

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