President Praises NYPD's 'Exceptional Teamwork' During Terror Briefing

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama is praising the New York Police Department for its work in disrupting a possible terrorist bombing plot aimed at commuter trains.

Obama dialed in to a briefing Saturday that the NYPD was giving his counterterrorism and homeland security adviser.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says Obama wanted to thank the police for their "outstanding" work during the U.N. General Assembly last week and the ongoing terrorism investigation.

Gibbs says Obama told the NYPD that he's "particularly grateful" for their "exceptional teamwork."

Prosecutors allege Najibullah Zazi was on the verge of launching a terrorist attack on New York City, and only dropped his plans when he realized law enforcement was on to him.

Court documents have suggested that police might have helped blow the surveillance of Zazi by questioning a Muslim religious leader about him.

Zazi says he's innocent. His attorney says the FBI has been unable to find any explosives or the chemicals allegedly used to make them.

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