Washington, Dec.30 (ANI) : Raising concerns over the expanding proportion of banned terror outfits across the world, US President Barack Obama has branded Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia as the four 'terror hot beds' from where the extremists are planning to attack America.
In a statement issued here, Obama vowed to continue the struggle against the terror outfits and added that he would leave no stone unturned to dismantle the militant network flourishing in these terror safe havens.
"We will continue to use every element of our national power to disrupt, to dismantle and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us, whether they are from Afghanistan or Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia, or anywhere where they are plotting attacks against the US homeland," The Dawn quoted Obama, as saying.
Referring to the attempted Christmas Day aeroplane bombing plot, Obama said he had ordered a thorough review of the airport screening process to determine how the alleged bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was able to fly into the United States.
"We need to determine just how the suspect was able to bring dangerous explosives aboard an aircraft and what additional steps we can take to thwart future attacks," Obama said.
"We do not yet have all the answers about this latest attempt, but those who would slaughter innocent men, women and children must know that the United States will do more than simply strengthen our defences," he added. (ANI)