December 28th, 2009
02:22 PM ET
10 months ago

Al Qaeda group claims responsibility for Christmas Day attack

Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab is accused of trying to blow up an airliner as it landed in Detroit on Christmas.
Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab is accused of trying to blow up an airliner as it landed in Detroit on Christmas.

(CNN) – Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility Monday for the attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack on an inbound international flight, saying it was in retaliation for alleged U.S. strikes on Yemeni soil.

In the statement, published on radical Islamist Web sites, the group hailed the "brother" who carried out the "heroic attack." The group said it tested a "new kind of explosives" in the attack, and hailed the fact that the explosives "passed through security."

The group threatened further attacks, saying, "since Americans support their leaders they should expect more from us."

"We have prepared men who love to die," the statement dated Saturday said.

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  1. Kevin in Ohio

    Yep....and Obama wants to close Gitmo and send some detainees back to Yemen. Smart. Real smart.

    December 28, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Jon Krieger

    It's time for all of us Democrat or Republican to close ranks with each other and present a united front against these devils!Anything that anybody can think of to destroy them completely,I'm all for it!No more being nice!

    December 28, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Ken in NC

    This bunch of Al Qaeda idiots has said, "We have prepared men who love to die." This American says we have people prepared to help them die. You say you are willing to die for your cause or your country. Well I think it is fitting that you should die for our country if you bring war and terror to our shores. I do not object to it.

    Remember world that if you send people to die, they do it only once while we will help your soldiers over and over and over in their endevor to die. Life is a much better choice and it is worth fighting for.

    December 28, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. Greg Pottstown PA

    I thought Obama was going to make the rest of the world love the USA. Remember, he was going to unite not only the US but the hole world. Looks like he has done a good job of that. The only question on my mind is how is he going to blame this one on bush.

    December 28, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Yes, this group sounds very well disposed to negotiations, compromise, and final settlement. Run it up the teleprompter and see who salutes it.

    December 28, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. jack

    Lets quit wasting time and money with this deployment of big armies to fight large scale wars. We need to send small commando units into Yemen and track down and kill the leaders of Al Qaeda. Keep cutting off the head of the snake and the body will die.

    December 28, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Nick Danger

    "We have prepared men who love to die"

    So what, we have a president that's a yellow coward. Knock yourselves out, it's a problem for the American legal system doncha know?

    December 28, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    So – Al Qaeda is so BRIGHT to claim a FAILURE!!! Now, the airports would look for that kind of device!! But – we cannot take this lightly becuase they may want us to believe that this is the device they will be using when it's something else!!!

    December 28, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. Jane/Seattle

    Thrilling! They (Al Qaeda) are just exploiting the Actions of a sad, mentally ill person who acted out of illness! Our Society is creating DROVES of these mentally ill types of individuals and they are creating them, also. Sadly, Profits always trump Human needs. America created the very conditions that it says it is fighting. Pretty Transparent to me and many others.

    December 28, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Hard Labor

    Send him to Cummings Prison Farm in Arkansas. Hard Labor for life, working in the hog pens.

    December 28, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. JH

    If they love to die, let's help them.

    December 28, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. Perusing-through

    To GOP Birthers and Tea-Baggers who wish to attack President Obama regarding latest terrorist attempts. . .

    . . . REMEMBER RICHARD REID (The Shoe Bomber)

    Will GOP views and reactions in response to the Christmas attempt run parallel and/or compatible to Richard Reid's terrorist attempts during the Bush-Cheney years?

    December 28, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. jules sand-perkins

    "Since Americans support their leaders, they should expect more..."

    My goodness, doesn't Al Qaeda know that President Obama is our primary leader?

    December 28, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. Nea

    The Group was not successful this time Thank GOD and i PRAY they never will be despite what some may want on the right. Its a down right shame that anyone would want a terroist to suceed in their attempt to blow up a Airplane or building in order to make there side look good, if this is not dumb then i dont know what is. For the 1000 time President Obama is our President and im glad that he is so we need to stop all the name calling and blaming thats going on and also to let some of you know also he does have another 7 more years so get use to seeing him even more. Obama/Biden 2012

    December 28, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. lila

    Thanks for the heads up. Those "new" explosives will be weeded out now that we know about them. Not to clever of you guys to show your hand before the punch.

    December 28, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Opinionated

    Instead of putting the blame solely on the white house administration, maybe we should share the blame. We need everyone to go through a full body scan, to carry a valid id with their passport, and the airport ez-pass should be discontinued. Racial profiling won't prevent a non-middle eastern Muslim extremist from getting on the plane. You can be afraid of big brother anywhere other than an airport. Don't trust screeners, take the train or a bus.

    December 28, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    al Qaeda reports they have prepared men who love to die. I wonder how many actually enjoy killing themselves. Since they are not very bright, maybe we can convince them that they should practice on themselves first, blow themselves up, and then in their next life, try it out on innocent people.

    December 28, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. jules sand-perkins

    Oh, I understand the confusion now: Al Qaeda members, unable to read the words in our journals and only looking at the pictures, think that the president we elected was Sarah Palin.

    December 28, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. LacrosseMom

    To President Obama's Administrations credit, they had ALREADY been working with the Yemeni government on ATTACKING terrorists camps.

    This man, Abdu..... whatever, his own father had tried to warn the government and embassy of his son's extreme beliefs.

    We, the U.S. and indeed the Free World, has to tighten security measures.

    The CIA, NSA, FBI, are knowledgeable about EVERY explosive available, its high time that every form of weapon, gas, explosive, everything and anything be checked for. Yes, it will require we arrive at the airport earlier. However, we must be on alert everyday.

    Any day..... everyday, can be an attack day. Sad but true.

    December 28, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. Dave in Wisconsin

    POTENTIAL terrorist attack. Get it right. That is what Gibbs was claiming on Sunday.

    We can't even have a truthful dialog on this matter as the Obama administration can't even bring itself to use the term "war on terror" and now can't even bring themselves to saying that this was a terrorist attack.

    It was only a "potential terrorist attack".
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    "We have prepared men who love to die," the statement dated Saturday said.

    Gibbs should have said ....."and we have a military that are very willing to help you achieve that goal."

    Can we grow up and actually confront our enemy....or is that word banned by Obama, the ACLU, and ACORN as well?

    December 28, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Terrorist congressman Peter King continues to fuel the anti American sentiment.

    December 28, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Worst president ever

    Wait a minute. I thought the world was going to love us again after Obama got elected and terrorism would be a thing of the past? Did this guy not get the memo?

    December 28, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Navy Vet

    the group hailed the "brother" who carried out the "heroic attack." [sic]

    So setting your crotch on fire is heroic? They're actually trying to turn this into a victory?

    All I think it showed is we need to be more vigilant, particularly at foreign airports and that they are scraping the bottom of the barrel to find idiots like this.

    December 28, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Planes, flight crews and passengers are still flying every day like we should. Oh how they love to put fear in Americans, but it won't work this time or ever.

    December 28, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Al Queda will be defeated. They think they will break the will of the American people, but they have another thing coming. If you haven't put two and two together yet, the U.S. is operating a covert war in Yemen. This war on "violent extremism" just isn't being fought in AFPAK & Iraq, but the entire region. Soon you will begin to see MQ-9 & MQ-1 drones bombing inside Somalia. This is how the war on terror should have been fought from the very beginning: on all fronts.

    December 28, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |