A video has been released on Al Arabiya television that purportedly features accused Times Square car bomber Faisal Shahzad. The Pakistani-American announces his plans to attack the U.S. in the clip, directly linking him to both the May 1 bomb plot and to Al Qaeda.
"This attack on the United States will be a revenge for all the mujahedeen (holy warriors) ... and oppressed Muslims, including ... Abu Musab al Zarqawi," Shahzad says, referencing the Al Qaeda leader killed in 2006. “I will carry this attack on their behalf, and I hope that it will please Muslims.”
The authenticity of the 40-minute video — which was made in English with an Arabic voice-over — has not yet been confirmed. Al Arabiya said Shahzad appears in the video with Faqir Mohammed, the Taliban leader in Pakistan's Bajaur region. The 30-year-old pleaded guilty to charges on June 21 and faces life in prison.