Saturday, President Obama stated for the very first time that a part of Al Qaeda centered in Yemen had been behind the failed bombing of Nortwest Airlines flight 253 on Christmas Day, and he promised that the people behind the attempted attack “will be held to account.”
President Obama’s speech was recorded from Hawaii, where his 10-day vacation is coming to an end. This particular speech is the third time he had openly discussed the failed attack on Northwest Flight 253 headed for Detroit on Christmas Day. Obama mentioned that he had gotten initial reports, but offered no other information about how a man from Nigeria with known significant opinions was permitted to get on board a U.S.-bound plane hiding explosives in his underwear.
- Yemen forces ‘kill al-Qaeda trio’ (bbc.co.uk)
- 6 troops, 3 suspected militants killed in Yemen clashes (cnn.com)
- Qaeda’s Zawahri condemns France, Yemen clerics: Web (reuters.com)