Al-Qaeda Says It's Holding Kidnapped American

Assailants in Pakistan grabbed Warren Weinstein in August
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2011 6:28 PM CST
This 2009 file image shows Warren Weinstein in England.   (AP Photo/Mike Redwood, File)
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(Newser) – More than three months after gunmen kidnapped a 70-year-old American development worker in Pakistan, some news has finally emerged: al-Qaeda says it has Warren Weinstein, reports the Christian Science Monitor. Weinstein, who has a home in Rockville, Maryland, was captured at his residence in Lahore. In a new video, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri says he won't be released until the US stops airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen, and releases terror suspects, notes AP.

"Just as the Americans detain all whom they suspect of links to al-Qaeda and the Taliban, even remotely, we detained this man who is neck-deep in American aid to Pakistan since the 1970s," says al-Zawahri in the video. Weinstein ran the Pakistani office of the consulting firm JE Austin Associates, which worked on USAID projects, notes the Monitor.

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