NYC Bomb Was Payback for Drone Strikes
Shahzad saw hits in Pakistan; lost Conn. home to foreclosure
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2010 11:14 AM CDT
Pakistani villagers gather in front of a locked house, owned by the family of Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad, in his native village of Mohib Banda, May 5, 2010.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
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(Newser) – A picture is starting to emerge of what drove Faisal Shahzad to attempt to detonate a bomb in Times Square. The 31-year-old father of two lost his home to foreclosure last summer, unable to parlay his Master's degree into success, the LA Times reports. Shortly thereafter he spent eight months in his native Pakistan, where he witnessed US drone strikes on Tehrik-i-Taliban leaders, sources tell the New York Post. Outraged, he signed up with the Taliban, and was trained to make explosives.

"This is blowback,” Pakistan's Foreign Minister said yesterday. “This is retaliation. And you could expect that. Let's not be naïve, they're going to fight back.” Officials had initially rejected the Taliban's claims that the botched attack was retaliation for drone hits. But Post sources say Shahzad was on authorities' radar before the attack. According to one report, investigators are looking into a possible connection between him and David Headley, a Pakistani-American involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.