POSTED: Sunday, January 3, 2010 - 8:40pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 12:42pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama has finally confirmed what many of us has suspected since the attempted bombing on Christmas Day.
Al Qaeda's Yemen branch was in the driver's seat.
"It appears that he joined an affiliate of al Qaeda, and that this group-al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula-trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for American," the President says.
Now Yemen, the ancestral homeland of Osama Bin Laden, where the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole took place, has become fertile ground for extremists driven from strongholds in afghanistan and elsewhere.
On Sunday the U.S. Embassy in Yemen announced on its website that it was closing, explaining in the statement that Al Qaeda had threatened American interests in Yemen.
Hours later, the British Embassy also said it would close.
There's no word on when the American and British Embassies will reopen.