Obama briefed on prelim reports on airline attack

FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks to the media about the recent air travel incident at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Obama is to receive a preliminary report on what allowed a 23-year-old Nigerian with suspected terrorist ties to board a plane he tried to destroy on Christmas Day, along with early recommendations about how to reduce chances for more attacks. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

December 31, 2009 12:53:42 PM PST
President Barack Obama was briefed Thursday on how a 23-year-old Nigerian with suspected terrorist ties almost succeeded in a Christmas Day airline bombing and how to prevent it from happening again.

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