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Petraeus: Airline Bomb Plot Had Roots in Yemen
Voice Of America ^ | 1/1/2010 | Voice Of America

Posted on 01/01/2010 9:49:18 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld

One of America's top military leaders says Yemen-based terrorists helped plan the Christmas Day, December 25, plot to blow up a U.S. bound airplane.

General David Petraeus told reporters in Baghdad Friday that the U.S. and Yemen have been sharing information about al-Qaida in the country, including activity that "resulted in the failed attack on the airliner."

The head of the U.S. Central Command said Yemen has carried out "very significant" operations against al-Qaida, some of which prevented a series of suicide bombings.

General Petraeus said the United States is helping Yemen, but that its neighbors have also provided significant assistance.

Earlier this week, a group known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing of a flight from Amsterdam to the U.S. city of Detroit, saying it was in retaliation for U.S. support of operations against al-Qaida militants in Yemen.

The suspect in the case, 23-year-old Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, has told U.S. investigators he got training and explosives in Yemen.

Yemen has been intensifying its campaign against rebels and suspected al-Qaida terrorists, conducting a series of airstrikes and other raids that it says resulted in militant deaths and arrests.

On Wednesday, Yemeni forces clashed with al-Qaida militants in Yemen's western Hudaydah province, wounding several suspected militants and capturing at least one.

A spokesman for Yemen's ruling party, Tarek al-Shami, said the government will continue to coordinate with the U.S. to target al-Qaida throughout Yemen.

Yemen is the ancestral home of al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden.

(Excerpt) Read more at globalsecurity.org ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airlinebomb; alqaeda; alqaida; aqap; arabianpeninsula; centralcommand; davidpetraeus; flight253; homelandsecurity; wot; yemen
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1 posted on 01/01/2010 9:49:19 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: onyx; STARWISE; Liz; Bahbah

Yo MAN! Looks like the briefing before Christmas was just part of the cooperation between US and Yeman!...a series of suicide bombers....mmm mmm mmm.

What did the WH staff know and when did they tell BO?


2 posted on 01/01/2010 10:28:56 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Looks like Zero’s word is not stable enough. Everyone is looking for a real leader to speak with authority...enter Petraeus.


3 posted on 01/01/2010 10:35:03 PM PST by Siena Dreaming
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To: STARWISE; Liz; onyx; Bahbah; SE Mom

How would this fit into Rahm stepping down and the leaks? Flaw at WH being magnified?


4 posted on 01/01/2010 10:39:06 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama; STARWISE; SE Mom; Liz; TigersEye; Candor7; Yehuda; sonofstrangelove

Oh boy.

From General Petraeus himself!

Great post, sonofstrangelove!


5 posted on 01/01/2010 10:42:11 PM PST by onyx
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To: onyx

Petreaus speaking out certainly does make the WH look more and more incompetent....Like where is the CIC? Is he spending any time reading the briefs?...or just chosing his irons for the next day? OTOH he doesn’t know what real work is, he’s gotten by with just being present and still drew the check......just like many union workers.


6 posted on 01/01/2010 10:46:04 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama

Is Rahm stepping down?


7 posted on 01/01/2010 10:47:43 PM PST by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: hoosiermama

General Petreaus has done this for a reason. For a very serious reason.


8 posted on 01/01/2010 10:51:10 PM PST by onyx
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To: kalee; STARWISE

Starwise just posted on another thread that Bret Baer had said on FOX tonight Rahm would be stepping down to run for Senate from Illinois and Little Tommy would be taking his place.....FOX had spread rumors for a couple of weeks now that he was going to be replaced.....

I imagine they are planning on him taking Dirty’s place when he is removed from head of the party in the Senate. After all it wasn’t Harry that made the deals but the WH and Rahm & Co/CHicago Thugs.


9 posted on 01/01/2010 10:56:25 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: onyx

You betcha.....Hope he tells more.


10 posted on 01/01/2010 10:57:33 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama; kalee; STARWISE
To be perfectly accurate, that was Brett's New Year's prediction, but Brett must have his sources. :)

I am very intrigued by “thee” General’s statement to the press. Brett's show is replaying on FNC now.

11 posted on 01/01/2010 11:05:23 PM PST by onyx
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To: onyx; hoosiermama; Liz; rodguy911; maggief; SE Mom; Bahbah

Am I reading that wrong, or is that
that some not so subtle warfare
going on between Petraeus and the WH.
Whew .. it could get really bumpy.
Hold on. Dear God, I would be grateful
and relieved beyond measure if Petraeus
would run for POTUS.


12 posted on 01/01/2010 11:06:00 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: STARWISE; hoosiermama

No, not reading it wrong, IMO.

Our favorite general said this for a very serious reason.


13 posted on 01/01/2010 11:08:10 PM PST by onyx
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To: STARWISE; onyx; Liz

Just sent the link on Pretreus to Drudge....WHo else can we send it to?....Rush and Beck are both on vacation.....Might as well stir the pot a bit.....mmm mmm mmm

FOX has been saying Rahm is stepping down since before CHristmas...mention on Beck and O’Really IIRC.


14 posted on 01/01/2010 11:09:50 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: onyx; STARWISE
The WH or someone at the WH. Remember when JaNUT first came out with the statement it was also repeated by others. ie talking points.

The the leaks started from others. Some to throw doubt on the CIA others to throw it back....

IMO Pet is just letting them know HE KNOWS who knew what when....and they'd better get their act together...or he WILL testify to what he knows.

15 posted on 01/01/2010 11:14:26 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: STARWISE; hoosiermama; SE Mom; Liz; rodguy911; maggief; Kaylee; sonofstrangelove; Yehuda; All

You have to remember that our General and “our” military guys (not Weasley Clark and Obama’s lackeys) are wholly against closing GITMO and repatriating the detainees back to their countries of origin (read Yemen and his plans to send another 80 back to Yemen).

This Christmas bombing that almost took place was entirely preventable, and almost everyone knows that much now.

I think General Petraeus is making certain that Obama and the news media here are fully aware of the Yemen and US cooperation and that the cooperation was in effect before and during the plotting of the Christmas Day event.

Call it a shot across the bow or a reaffirmation of the other leaks. It is what it is and I’m sure he has more to say, if he’s asked.


16 posted on 01/01/2010 11:22:58 PM PST by onyx
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To: hoosiermama

Why listen to Petraeus? doesn’t have the ball$ to say his CINC is an Indonesian. seriously...


17 posted on 01/01/2010 11:24:07 PM PST by ccruse456
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To: hoosiermama; holdonnow

Well, Mark Levin is a member here: holdonnow and he returns tomorrow to host his radio show.


18 posted on 01/01/2010 11:24:21 PM PST by onyx
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To: ccruse456

Oh please. That’s NOT for him to say.


19 posted on 01/01/2010 11:27:39 PM PST by onyx
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To: onyx; All

This will be a great Special Report to
keep, recapping the whole year. The
comments and distillation of the current
lay of the land with the rats are razor
sharp and very insightful.

Transcript and video should be up tomorrow.
Krauthammer can crystallize a the big picture
scenario so brilliantly.


20 posted on 01/01/2010 11:29:47 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: STARWISE

Are you going to post it?


21 posted on 01/01/2010 11:30:51 PM PST by onyx
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To: onyx

I will when I find it tomorrow .. it’s not up.
;) Listen to the very end again.


22 posted on 01/01/2010 11:31:59 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: onyx

I just thought about Brit Hume .. he
should’ve been on the panel for this
wrapup of the year ... darn.


23 posted on 01/01/2010 11:34:05 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: STARWISE; onyx

Ya know maybe FOX has something on RE and they’re just worrying him a bit....Wonder what Beck has picked up with his few good people who have given him information on wrong doing?

As far as PET goes...Can’t see him going along with the CIC in covering ANY thing up.


24 posted on 01/01/2010 11:36:47 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: onyx
Ah, well, it was just an isolated incident. Isolated to al Qaeda and the country of Yemen.

Thank goodness this isn't connected to terrorism in general. /s

25 posted on 01/01/2010 11:37:14 PM PST by TigersEye (Tar & feathers! Pitchforks and torches! ... Get some while supplies last.)
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To: ccruse456
seriously...

Not in my world that's not.

26 posted on 01/01/2010 11:39:35 PM PST by TigersEye (Tar & feathers! Pitchforks and torches! ... Get some while supplies last.)
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To: sonofstrangelove

After 9/11 the FAA instituted a mandate that required all flights in the air when an incident like this occurs to be informed to alert the pilots of the possibility of it happening on many flights simultaneously.

Why did this not happen on Christmas day? Everyone in the air that day found out about it after they landed. Where is the media investigation and the calling for heads to roll?


27 posted on 01/01/2010 11:40:41 PM PST by anonsquared
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To: onyx

I HATE what they’ve just been saying
about the real Obomination healthcare
will be. That’s it’s really going to
happen. We’ll be like England and
Canada, and the rotten rats have built
in ‘forever.’ The insurance companies
will be like public utilities, managed
by big brother. God help us.


28 posted on 01/01/2010 11:40:47 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: hoosiermama; STARWISE

OH, hoosiermama! GOOD thinking!!!! You may have hit the precise reason Brett made his prediction.

Regarding PET: Completely agree. He’d resign. He’d never go along with any cover-up.


29 posted on 01/01/2010 11:44:10 PM PST by onyx
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To: onyx; hoosiermama

Oh, I think there’s a bushelful of stuff
on Rahmbo .. and Valerie. It’s the
Chicago thug machine .. there’s bodies
everywhere. It’s just a matter of who
gets ticked off enough at the O to let
loose.


30 posted on 01/01/2010 11:48:18 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: sonofstrangelove

I got an idea! How about we send some Gitmo “detainees” to Yemen?


31 posted on 01/01/2010 11:57:13 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: onyx

Not for him to say? He raised his right hand and took an oath to defend the Constitution. He’s a politician and a tool and a traitor for knowingly breaking his oath. It’s legitamate to hang him.


32 posted on 01/01/2010 11:58:28 PM PST by ccruse456
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To: onyx; STARWISE; holdonnow

Star you are so right about the CHicago Thugs. I’ve slowed down posting to the CHicago Crime thread....

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2151323/posts?page=1

Guess I should make a new years resolution to start posting materials and organize what I have.....There are so many dots there. Just wish there would be more arrests....Maybe they’re waiting till after to twenty-ten election so they will have enough votes to impeach.


33 posted on 01/01/2010 11:59:39 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: STARWISE
I hated it too, but I am going to keep the faith until after the elections this year and in 2012. If we get our GOP majorities and our Sarah, then all can be undone and dismantled. If not, then, I will be wholly disillusioned.
34 posted on 01/02/2010 12:03:33 AM PST by onyx
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To: ccruse456

Right, it’s not for the General to say.

He works for the CIC who was elected by the stupid Americans who voted for him.

YOU lead the charge to hang him. Go ahead, since you sound so brave. Stand up, come out from behind your keyboard.


35 posted on 01/02/2010 12:07:42 AM PST by onyx
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To: ccruse456; onyx

cc,You are wrong....I’ve been a birther long before O even ran for president....Unless there is proof in a court of law every official of the government and every citizen must at least outwardly follow along....all the time trying to find the proof that O and him minions have removed, hidden or murdered.....Yes, I said murdered to keep the truth surpressed.

There are at least three missionaries in Kenya that lost their lives because they knew the truth, but proving he ordered their deaths is next to impossible, because he knows who to pay off and how to keep people quiet.

Believe me, if the physical proof was out there he wouldn’t be in office today.


36 posted on 01/02/2010 12:09:29 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama; STARWISE

What are the chances that awful Rahm will win the US senate seat in Illinois?

I fear “too good,” given the Daley machine, etc.

Daschle in the WH is another nightmare. He’s gawd awful too.


37 posted on 01/02/2010 12:10:37 AM PST by onyx
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To: ccruse456

You do know that Pres. Nixon eliminated the death penalty for treason don’t you?


38 posted on 01/02/2010 12:12:24 AM PST by TigersEye (Tar & feathers! Pitchforks and torches! ... Get some while supplies last.)
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To: Lancey Howard
Bad Idea. So the Yemen government releases them back into Ql-Qaeda. They are fine where they are at. Remember, Yemen is Osama Bin Laden ancestral home.
39 posted on 01/02/2010 12:18:51 AM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld ("We will either find a way, or make one.""-Hannibal/Carthaginian Military Commander)
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To: onyx

hmm, that sound like a veiled attempt to call me a chikenhawk. I took the same oath as him. I carried a rifle and stood post. I’m involved in the peaceful lawsuits and am willing to move past that. And when it comes to that, you shouldn’t feel safe either. Oh, and complete BS on the Nixon shrill. Treason is still a hangable offense.


40 posted on 01/02/2010 12:21:52 AM PST by ccruse456
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To: hoosiermama; STARWISE
Guess I should make a new years resolution to start posting materials and organize what I have.....There are so many dots there. Just wish there would be more arrests....Maybe they’re waiting till after to twenty-ten election so they will have enough votes to impeach.

Sounds like a plan and a GOOD New Years's resolution. I hate to organize material. Not good at it.

41 posted on 01/02/2010 12:26:34 AM PST by onyx
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To: sonofstrangelove
Bad Idea. So the Yemen government releases them back into Ql-Qaeda.

I guess somebody needs to tell the Kenyan communist Ubama:

Fmr. CIA Operative Wayne Simmons Outraged Obama Would Transfer Gitmo Detainees to Yemen

42 posted on 01/02/2010 12:34:36 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: ccruse456
hmm, that sound like a veiled attempt to call me a chikenhawk. I took the same oath as him. I carried a rifle and stood post. I’m involved in the peaceful lawsuits and am willing to move past that. And when it comes to that, you shouldn’t feel safe either. Oh, and complete BS on the Nixon shrill. Treason is still a hangable offense.

I shouldn't fell safe? From you? Why is THAT? You'd better get a grip. You started this by posting foolishly about General Petraeus and it's been pointed out to you by other members that it is not his duty to call out the "elected civilian commander-in-chief" for (your claim) "BEING AN INDONESIAN".

BTW: I said nothing about Nixon. You mistaken your posters. Try again.

43 posted on 01/02/2010 12:35:19 AM PST by onyx
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To: ccruse456
I carried a rifle and stood post. I’m involved in the peaceful lawsuits and am willing to move past that. And when it comes to that, you shouldn’t feel safe either.

Are you threatening a poster here? You had better explain that and it had better be quick.

44 posted on 01/02/2010 12:40:18 AM PST by TigersEye (Tar & feathers! Pitchforks and torches! ... Get some while supplies last.)
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To: TigersEye

No I am not threatening anybody. It’s appropriate to call me out. My point is we are not living in normal times. If you’re relying on politicians to give you answers you are looking in the wrong direction and putting yourself and your loved ones in danger. Petraeus (and Palin) is another politician. Happy New Year!


45 posted on 01/02/2010 12:47:02 AM PST by ccruse456
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To: TigersEye

Thank you, TigersEye.


46 posted on 01/02/2010 12:53:32 AM PST by onyx
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To: ccruse456
No I am not threatening anybody.

That's good to hear.

47 posted on 01/02/2010 12:54:09 AM PST by TigersEye (Tar & feathers! Pitchforks and torches! ... Get some while supplies last.)
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To: onyx

Not a problem. ;-)


48 posted on 01/02/2010 12:54:57 AM PST by TigersEye (Tar & feathers! Pitchforks and torches! ... Get some while supplies last.)
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To: kalee; TigersEye

Not that I know of! Rahm is Obamas lead guy as a go between COngress and the WH.If Rahm had Sh_t for brains he would be a toilet.


49 posted on 01/02/2010 1:13:22 AM PST by Candor7 ((The effective weapons Against Fascism are ridicule, derision , truth (.Member NRA))
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To: kalee; TigersEye

Not that I know of! Rahm is Obamas lead guy as a go between COngress and the WH.If Rahm had Sh_t for brains he would be a toilet.


50 posted on 01/02/2010 1:13:22 AM PST by Candor7 ((The effective weapons Against Fascism are ridicule, derision , truth (.Member NRA))
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