OSINT Guide – Pakitstani Taliban (TTP)

 

Also Known As: Pakistani Taliban; Tehreek-e-Taliban; Tehrik-e-Taliban; Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan; Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan; TTP

Description:  The United States designated the TTP, a militant resistance group led by Baitullah Mehsud who fought against Pakistani troops in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), as a FTO on September 1, 2010. Following Baitullah Mehsud’s death, Hakimullah Mehsud from led the TTP from August 2009 until his death in November 2013.  Following Hakimullah Mehsud’s death, Mullah Fazlullah, previously a commander of the TTP in the Pakistani Swat region, took over the organization.

Targets: Key targets of the TTP include Pakistani military and civic members, NATO targets of opportunity in Afghanistan.

Activities: TTP has executed numerous attacks against its targets, including  a TTP December 2009 suicide attack on a U.S. military base in Khowst, Afghanistan (7 Americans KIA), a suicide bombing in April 2010 targeting the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar (6 Pakistanis KIA). TPP failed and suspected attacks include the 2007 targeted killing of  former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and Faisal Shahzad ‘s attempt to explode a VBIED  in New York City’s Times Square on May 1, 2010.

Diplomacy: TTP has a mutually beneficial relationship with AQ. TPP receives ideological guidance from AQ, while the FATA areas provides AQ with a safe-haven.

Propaganda: TTP’s psychological operations wing is “Umar Media.”

Strength:  Estimated to be around several thousand.

AO:  FATA, Pakistan

Funding and External Aid:  TTP uses TNOC, such as kidnapping and robbery, to fund its operations.

 

 

TTP AO, courtesy of the NCTC

TTP AO, courtesy of the NCTC

Local Media:

Associated Press of Pakistan. “Taliban.” November 25, 2014.

Daily Times. “Taliban.” November 25, 2014.

Dawn. “Pakistani Taliban.” November 25, 2014.

The Friday Times. “Taliban.” November 25, 2014.

The Frontier Post. “Taliban.” November 25, 2014.

The Nation. “Taliban.” November 25, 2014.

The News International. “Taliban.” November 25, 2014.

Pajhwok. Pakistani Taliban.” November 25, 2014.

Tolo. Pakistani Taliban.” November 25, 2014.

 

Global Media:

BBC. “TTP.” Accessed November 25, 2014.

CNN. “TTP.” Accessed November 25, 2014.

CNN. Who are the “Pakistani Taliban?” October 17, 2012. Accessed November 25, 2014.

Foreign Affairs. Pakistani Taliban.” Accessed November 25, 2014.

Foreign Policy. “Pakistani Taliban.” Accessed November 25, 2014.

NYT. “How the Pakistani Taliban Became a Deadly Force”. November 2, 2013. Accessed November 25, 2014.

NYT. “Pakistani Taliban.” Accessed November 25, 2014.

Vice. Taliban.” Accessed November 25, 2014.

WaPo. Pakistani Taliban.” Accessed November 25, 2014.

 

Think Tanks / Academic:

AEI. “TTP.” Accessed November 25, 2014.

Brookings. “TTP.” Accessed November 25, 2014.

CFR. “Crisis Guide: Pakistan.” Accessed November 25, 2014.

CFR. “Pakistan’s New Generation of Terrorists”. November 18, 2013. Accessed November 25, 2014.

CSIS. “Pakistani Taliban.” Accessed November 25, 2014.

ISW. “Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.” Accessed November 25, 2014.

Jihadology. “Pakistani Taliban.” Accessed November 25, 2014.

Katzman, Kenneth. “Afghanistan: Post-Taliban Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy.” CRS. December 2, 2014. Accessed December 16, 2014.

Kronstadt, K. Alan. “Pakistan-U.S. Relations.” CRS. February 6, 2009. Accessed December 16, 2014.

——. “Pakistan: Key Current Issues and Developments.” CRS. June 1, 2010. Accessed December 16, 2014.

Kronstadt, K. Alan and Samir Kumar. “Pakistan Political Unrest: In Brief.” CRS. September 3, 2014. Accessed December 16, 2014.

SITE. “Pakistani Taliban.” November 24, 2014. Accessed November 25, 2014.

Stanford University. “Tehreek-e-Taliban.” Mapping Militant Organizations. August 7, 2012. Accessed November 25, 2014.

TRAC. “TTP.” Accessed December 16, 2014.

 

Government:

Defense Department. “Report on Progress toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan.” April 2014.

DIA. “Annual Threat Assessment.” February 11, 2014.

NCTC. “Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP).” 2014. Accessed November 25, 2014.

Pakistan Security Research Unit. “The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan: Ideology and Beliefs.” September 8, 2009.

State Department. “TEHRIK-E TALIBAN PAKISTAN.” Chapter 6: Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Country Reports on Terrorism 2013.

 

 

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