Saudi Al Qaeda Wing Claims Responsibility for Thwarted Christmas Attack

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Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Photo: U.S. Marshals Service

Even though it appeared at first that aspiring terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab acted alone when he tried to detonate a device on a Northwestern Airlines flight on Christmas Day, a terror group says they supplied him with materials. The Saudi wing of Al Qaeda posted notices on militant Islamist websites today stating that they gave him the explosive technology and boasted of his success. The group has organized attacks on Americans within Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and beheaded American Paul Johnson in 2004. Meanwhile, President Obama just spoke from Hawaii, where he is on vacation, and said that his administration "will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable." He added that "this was a serious reminder of the dangers that we face."

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