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Obama to Make Statement on Attempted Terrorist Attack

1:38 PM, Dec 28, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Iran and terrorists on the docket for 3 p.m. Eastern:

"This morning, soon after 10:00 a.m. HST, the President will address the public on the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day. He will describe the immediate steps the government has taken to ensure the safety of the traveling public. He will detail the two reviews he has ordered on the watch-list and on our detection capabilities because he believes it is critical we learn from this incident and take the necessary measures to prevent future acts of terrorism And he will reference the fact that we need to keep up the pressure on those who would attack our country. The President will also address the outbreak of violence and protests in Iran over the last several days. "

Update: Al Qaeda Arabian Peninsula claims responsibility for the attempted bombing:

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the attempted Christmas bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner, saying it was retaliation for a U.S. operation against the group in Yemen.

In a statement posted on the Internet, the group said 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab coordinated with members of the group.

Yemeni forces, helped by U.S. intelligence, carried out two airstrikes against al Qaeda operatives in the country this month. The second one was a day before the attempted bombing of the plane.