Saudi Arabia tipped off US over Yemen packages: White House

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The United States said Friday that Saudi Arabia had tipped it off before packages from Yemen containing explosive material were found on US-bound cargo planes.

"The United States is grateful to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their assistance in developing information that helped underscore the imminence of the threat emanating from Yemen," said a statement from White House counter-terror adviser John Brennan.

"Their assistance, along with the hard work of the US counter-terrorism community, the United Kingdom, the UAE, and other friends and partners helped make it possible to increase our vigilance and identify the suspicious packages in Dubai and East Midlands Airport."

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