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Detroit terrorist attack on Flight 253: How Obama must respond

The suspected jet bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, says he was trained in Yemen, the lawless land of Al Qaeda affliates. Obama might be able to prevent more suicide bombers with preemptive action in that growing terrorist haven.

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Yemen isn’t a country well-studied in geography classes. But it may be from now on. 

And it could also become the “new Afghanistan” for Western nations.

The near-miss bombing of Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day has put a global spotlight on this troubled Muslim nation as a growing source of terrorist strikes. 

The suspect in the incident, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, allegedly tried to light an explosive attached to his leg as the aircraft approached Detroit after crossing the Atlantic from Amsterdam. This type of bombing technique was promoted in October on a jihadist website by the leader of an Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen.

And Mr. Abdulmutallab, a national of Nigeria who may have been radicalized while attending school in London, told US officials after his arrest that he learned the technique while in Yemen.

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