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Obama: Devices On Plane Held Explosive Material; U.S. Commits To Destroying Al-Qaida In Yemen

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the U.S. is committed to destroying the Yemeni-based terror group officials believe is connected to a terror plot on three continents. Speaking from the White House, Obama says the U.S. will continue to strengthen its cooperation with Yemen's government to destroy the country's al-Qaida branch. The group is responsible for an attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner last Christmas.

Authorities say they are increasingly confident Yemen's al-Qaida branch is connected a package containing explosive materials intercepted in Dubai on its way from Yemen and another package in England.

White House Homeland Security Adviser John Brennan says the two explosive packages bound for the United States were intended to carry out an attack and could have done harm. Brennan says the packages have been made inert and are no longer dangerous.

Brennan stopped short of linking the plot to al-Qaida's Yemen branch but said anyone who is associated with the group is a subject of concern.     

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