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Yemeni Official: Abdulmutallab
Was Recruited in London

Jan. 8, 2010 (EIRNS)—The Yemeni government has blown a big hole in the British-Obama Administration cover story on the Christmas Day Northwest Airlines airline bombing attempt, by pointing the finger directly where it belongs—at London.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab "joined al-Qaeda in London," claimed Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister Rashad Al Alimi at a news conference Jan. 7, reported in the London Guardian and Reuters. Al Alimi, who is Deputy Prime Minister for Defense and Security, met with the British Ambassador to Yemen on Jan. 3 to "thank him" for all the assistance the British government is giving to Yemen, reported news wires. Al Alimi also reported that Abdulmutallab might have met with cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was the cleric connected to the Ft. Hood shooter, Nidal Malik Hasan.

According to the Guardian:

Senior British counterterrorism officials dismissed the claims [by Al Alimi], saying there was no evidence to back them up. Sources in the UK said Abdulmutallab's radicalisation began at his school in Togo and peaked in a six-month period in Yemen before the attempted bombing.

However, it the Yemeni charge cohere with the strategic reality, that London has functioned, for decades, if not centuries, as the hub of terrorist movements, meriting the title "Londonistan." EIR has campaigned for more than a decade to get the U.S. government to publicly acknowledge this reality, and provided all the documentation required.