The trial of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man charged with trying to detonate a bomb sewn into his underwear on a Christmas 2009 flight to Detroit, is set to begin today. Abdulmutallab has an attorney assisting him, but is acting as his own lawyer. He reportedly told federal agents he was directed by U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a drone strike in Yemen last week.
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