Yuliya Talmazan, thanks for getting this story out so quickly. It will now show up on the home page for four hours. If new developments justify it, I'll renew this flag for another cycle.
Al Qaeda Claims Responsibility For Flight 253 PETN Bomb Attempt
The Islamist group Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for Flight 253 PETN bomb attempt carried out on Christmas Day by a Nigerian terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab in a statement released on the organization's website. It is being reported that Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula has said that the attempted attack was a response measure to the U.S. attack on a group in Yemen. Meanwhile, the White House has admitted that air travel security has failed in Flight 253 bomb scare.
On December 24th, it was reported that 30 Yemen militants were killed by a U.S. air strike in the Shabwa province of Yemen. Two of Al Qaeda's top members were reportedly killed.
Al Qaeda is widely believed to be responsible for the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, which launched the so-called "war on terrorism" under George W. Bush's administration.
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