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December 29th, 2009
11:00 AM ET

Why credit unions are better

Had it with your bank this year? Maybe it's time to make a move in 2010. In part two of our American Morning original series, "New Year Financial Resolutions," our Gerri Willis highlights some differences between banks and credit unions.

Part one: Score a better credit card

December 29th, 2009
10:00 AM ET

Report: Bombing suspect trained with Gitmo detainees

A new report says two leaders of the Yemen terror cell that allegedly trained the Christmas Day bombing suspect were released from Guantanamo Bay prison in 2007. They are believed to have gone through a highly-scrutinized Saudi program that claims to rehabilitate former terrorists.

Christopher Boucek with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace joined us on Tuesday's American Morning to discuss if rehabilitation can work for former Guantanamo detainees.

Filed under: Guantanamo • Terrorism
December 29th, 2009
09:00 AM ET

Is Yemen the next front in war on terror?

A branch of al Qaeda in Yemen is claiming responsibility for the attempted Christmas Day attack on a Northwest flight. The group said it was revenge for alleged U.S. strikes on Yemeni soil.

Right now among those being sheltered in Yemen is the Muslim cleric who corresponded with the suspect in the Fort Hood rampage and former Guantanamo Bay inmates who've joined Yemen's al Qaeda.

All this is raising concern that Yemen could be the next front in the war on terror.

On Tuesday's American Morning we discussed the development with Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, and Fawaz Gerges, professor of Middle Eastern politics at the London School of Economics.

Related: Al Qaeda link investigated as clues emerge in foiled terror attack

Filed under: Middle East • Terrorism
December 29th, 2009
08:00 AM ET

Failed attack ignites debate over security

When President Obama spoke out on the terrorism scare in Detroit he entered a debate that had already begun over his administration's new approach to combating terrorism. Our Jim Acosta has the report.

Filed under: Politics • Terrorism
December 29th, 2009
07:30 AM ET

Al Qaeda taking credit for 'advanced' device

Authorities say Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab used a pair of underwear to smuggle explosives onto Northwest Flight 253 last week. The big worry is that it was never detected by airport security.

A federal report obtained by CNN says the 23-year-old Nigerian claims he got the bomb in Yemen, along with instructions on how to use it. A branch of al Qaeda in Yemen is now claiming it was behind the plot. Our Jeanne Meserve has the report.

Filed under: Middle East • Terrorism
December 29th, 2009
07:00 AM ET

Source: Explosive sewn in underwear

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab is accused of trying to blow up an airliner as it landed in Detroit on Christmas."]

Romulus, Michigan (CNN) - Part of an explosive device that failed to take down a plane last week was sewn into the underwear of the Nigerian man accused of igniting it, a law enforcement official told CNN Monday.

Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab is being held for allegedly trying to blow up a flight carrying 300 passengers on Christmas Day.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility Monday for the attack, saying it was in retaliation for alleged U.S. strikes on Yemeni soil.

In a message written in Arabic, dated Saturday and published Monday on radical Islamist Web sites, the group hailed the "brother" who carried out the "heroic attack."

The group said it tested "new kind of explosives" in the attack and hailed the fact that the explosives "passed through security."

"There was a technical problem that resulted in a non-complete explosion," the message said.

A preliminary FBI analysis found that the device AbdulMutallab is said to have carried aboard the flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit, Michigan, contained pentaerythritol tetranitrate, an explosive also known as PETN. The amount of explosive was sufficient to blow a hole in the aircraft, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN Sunday.

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Filed under: Terrorism
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