File photo of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

 
File photo of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is shown in this booking photograph released by the U.S. Marshals Service on December 28, 2009. Al Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki personally directed and approved the attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner which a Nigerian man, Abdulmutallab, tried to carry out on Christmas Day in 2009, according to new details released by federal prosecutors on February 10, 2012. Abdulmutallab, 25, is due to be sentenced on Thursday in Detroit and faces up to life in prison after pleading guilty to charges he tried to down a Northwest Airlines jumbo jet with 289 people aboard. REUTERS/US Marshals Service/Handout/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW HEADSHOT CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TRANSPORT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS