|By Sara A. Carter and Eli Lake
U.S. counterterrorism specialists are taking seriously a threat Tuesday by Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud to attack the White House and "amaze" the world.
Mehsud, who has a $5 million bounty on his head and has taken responsibility for a string of terrorist attacks in Pakistan - including a bold assault on a police training center in Lahore on Monday that killed more than 30 people - has made similar threats before.
In recent years, however, Mehsud has gained strength and territory. In February, he united with two other Pakistani Taliban groups and pledged allegiance to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar. The U.S. has tried repeatedly to kill Mehsud with drone attacks.
Mehsud, in phone calls to foreign and local news agencies on Tuesday, said his attacks against the Pakistani government were in response to the drone strikes on Pakistan's lawless borderlands, where Mehsud is thought to be hiding.
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