Once again proving how inept they are. AlQaida plots for months to exploit a weakness in air traffic security. The end result is their operative sets his crotch on fire and is now spilling his guts. The only major result of this botched attempt is that the Al Qaida cell which planned the attack now gets to feel the wrath of the US as US supported Yemini troops root them out Yemen sends more troops to al-Qaida strongholds - Yahoo! News SAN'A, Yemen Yemen deployed several hundred extra troops to two mountainous eastern provinces that are al-Qaida's main strongholds in the country and where the suspected would-be Christmas airplane bomber may have visited, security officials said Saturday. The reinforcements, aiming to beef up the military's presence in a remote region where the government has little control, were Yemen's latest move in a stepped-up campaign to combat al-Qaida. The United States plans to more than double its counterterrorism aid to the impoverished, fragmented Arab nation in the coming year to boost the fight. Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. general who oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and who announced the increased aid, arrived in Yemen on Saturday and met with President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a Yemeni government official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press. The confrontation with al-Qaida's branch in Yemen gained new urgency after the failed attempt on Christmas Day to bomb a U.S. airliner headed to Detroit.