Bin Laden claims airline bomb attempt, threatens more attacks on U.S.

CAIRO (AP) - The State Department calls it an attempt to
"appear relevant."
In a new audio message that's yet to be authenticated, Osama bin
Laden is claiming responsibility for the Christmas Day attempt to
bomb a passenger jet headed for Detroit.
The al-Qaida leader refers to the alleged bomber Umar Farouk
Abdulmutallab (OO'-mahr fah-ROOK' ahb-DOOL'-moo-TAH'-lahb) as a
"heroic warrior" following the example of the Sept. 11 hijackers.
He threatens more attacks against U.S. targets as long as
Washington continues to support Israel.
The State Department says there's no indication that bin Laden
or other top al-Qaida figures had anything to do with the Christmas
Day plot. Spokesman P.J. Crowley says al-Qaida offers "strategic
guidance" and relies on affiliates to carry it out.
Abdulmutallab has told federal agents he had been trained and
given the explosives by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, an
offshoot in Yemen.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Vic Location: Winchester on Jan 26, 2010 at 07:54 AM
    We are reaping what was sown and we all know what that was. Votes for a self serving, egotistical, and ineffective President with nothing for the American people. Everyone wanted "change". Well now you have it. Terrorism that is slowly making it's way to American soil. Our economy is in ruins and even his Democratic posse has started to back away. 2012 can't come soon enough. I hope then everyone will be ready for the "change" that will be long overdue.
  • by viewer Location: Knoxville on Jan 25, 2010 at 03:58 PM
    We are "Up the creek without a paddle" as the saying goes! Our new president is too worried about being a celebrity instead of terrorism! Bring on 2012!
  • by Dominic Location: Lexington on Jan 25, 2010 at 02:59 PM
    Lexington,KY must be the most ignorant city in the world. Anyone who thinks that the US Government does not know the whereabouts of BinLaden has the IQ of a zucchini. The Government needs a "boogeyman" to validate the billions of dollars spent on the war on terror. What is wrong with you people,you are so very intelligent.
  • by Dee Location: Knoxville, Tn on Jan 25, 2010 at 02:25 PM
    They dug Hussain out of a hole, and BenLadin is just out walking around and they can't find him...That is just funny!
  • by Greg on Jan 25, 2010 at 12:57 PM
    You've got to be kidding me. People are still blaming Bush. Wow. How weak and simple minded some people can be. How nice it would be to have the current president start taking some personal responsibility.
  • by Jenna Location: lex on Jan 25, 2010 at 10:46 AM
    Isn't this the same president that started a useless war in Iraq costing about 5000 American lives?
  • by Kevin Location: Lexington on Jan 25, 2010 at 08:48 AM
    [Anonymous on Jan 25, 2010 at 10:38 AM Not so quick!! How are we sure this isnt the gov't telling us this just to keep the interest going for the war?] LOOK! BEHIND YOU!
  • by shawn on Jan 25, 2010 at 08:26 AM
    I believe "nightmare" is a very mild way to describe the Bush legacy.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2010 at 07:38 AM
    Not so quick!! How are we sure this isnt the gov't telling us this just to keep the interest going for the war?
  • by Terri on Jan 25, 2010 at 07:11 AM
    If Bush had NOT given the wrong orders and retreated when we had him surrounded in the mountains of tora tora then we would NOT be discussing this today but then again the entire Bush legacy wah a nightmare.
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