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U.S. Sending More Troops to Yemen

The Pentagon is planning to ramp up the number of U.S. special forces troops in Yemen, pointing to the botched Christmas Day attack on Northwest flight 253 as part of the impetus for the increase. It’s not clear yet how many more American troops will be sent over, but the boost will be significant, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 READ MORE


Nigerian-American demonstrators
AP / Paul Sancya

The Mutallab Challenge

Christmas 2009 was not particularly cheery in Nigeria. A poor economic climate, an epileptic power supply and scarcity of petroleum products ensured that the celebrations were low-key. As if these challenges were not enough, news of an attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner by a Nigerian filtered in on Christmas Day. The nation’s heart sank.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE


Northwest flight 253
AP / J.P. Karas

White House Releasing Details of Flight 253 Security Issues

The White House’s decision to release information that points to why U.S. intelligence agencies failed to nab the foiled underwear bomber before he boarded Northwest Flight 253 on Dec. 25 may have something to do with publicly shaming those agencies ... (continued)

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 READ MORE


Obama
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Obama Slams Intel Agencies for Christmas Day Attack Attempt

Barack Obama gave U.S. intelligence agencies the presidential equivalent of a knuckle-rapping Tuesday for their failure to connect the dots and nab Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab before a fellow passenger on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 was forced to foil his underwear bomb plot the old-fashioned way.

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 READ MORE


Guantanamo
AP / Brennan Linsley, pool

U.S. Halts Transfer of Gitmo Prisoners to Yemen

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the U.S. government has decided that now is not the best time to transfer Yemeni detainees back to their homeland from Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba. More than 80 Yemeni prisoners—almost half of the entire group at Gitmo—will stay put for the time being, as the situation between the U.S. and Yemen remains tense.

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 READ MORE


Colbert

‘Colbert Report’: Genitalia Bomb Threat

Thank goodness “The Colbert Report” is back on the air, and just in time to comment on the attempted airplane attack in Detroit on Christmas Day, which was nearly, er, pulled off by a new kind of dirty bomb. This, plus the prospect of full-body scanning in airports, leads Stephen Colbert to point out that terrorists may not stop at wiring explosives near their junk.

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 READ MORE


British embassy in Yemen
AP Photo

Two Militants Declared Killed, Three More Embassies Closed in Yemen

The situation in Yemen became more heated Monday as Yemeni forces clashed with suspected al-Qaida operatives, killing two and reportedly wounding a few more 25 miles from the capital city of San’a. According to The New York Times, Yemeni officials linked the militants they targeted in Monday’s fight to ongoing threats against U.S. and British embassies in their country.

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE


Sana'a
Wikimedia Commons / ai@ce

Yemeni Official: More Counterterrorism Support Needed From West

The Christmas Day incident on Northwest Flight 253 has brought Yemen further onto the U.S. radar, and now Yemen’s foreign minister, Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, is calling for more help from the West to deal with what he considers to be a sizable al-Qaida network operating within his country.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE


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