By Jennifer Bryson
On December 25th, 2009 reports began to emerge about an attempt to explode Northwest Airlines Flight 253 over Detroit. The accused perpetrator was identified as Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
Then came news of Abdulmutallab’s connection to Yemen. And now the Yemenis are trying to leverage this to obtain additional “counterterrorism” aid from the West.
In response to the news that Abdulmutallab’s trail to Detroit seems to have gone through Yemen, Yemen’s Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi acknowledged the presence of al-Qaeda in Yemen and has already used this incident to try to secure more financial assistance for his country.