December 29, 2009 2:00 am

Obama vows to keep up pressure

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President Barack Obama pledged yesterday to maintain pressure on those who tried to attack the US after his top counter-terrorism official acknowledged flaws in a security system that allowed a man armed with explosives to board a Detroit-bound transatlantic flight on Christmas day, write Harvey Morris in New York and Jim Pickard in London .

In remarks prepared ahead of his first public statement on the incident, Mr Obama, who is holidaying in Hawaii, outlined steps taken in the wake of the abortive attack.

His comments came as a statement on the internet, claiming to come from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, declared that the foiled attack was carried out in response to a US-backed attack on the group in Yemen.

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