Obama cites apparent al-Qaida link in bomb plot

Yemeni Information Minister Hassan al-Louzi talks during an interview with the Associated Press at his office in San'a, Yemen, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010. Yemen deployed several hundred extra troops for two mountainous eastern provinces that are considered al-Qaida's main strongholds in the country and where the suspected would-be Christmas airplane bomber may have visited, security officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) (Yemeni Information Minister Hassan al-Louzi)

January 2, 2010 1:30:10 PM PST
An al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen apparently ordered the Christmas Day plot against a U.S. airliner, training and arming the 23-year-old Nigerian man accused in the failed bombing, President Barack Obama said Saturday.