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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
Al-Qaeda Says It's Holding Kidnapped American
This 2009 file image shows Warren Weinstein in England.   (AP Photo/Mike Redwood, File)

(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.

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"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. (Read more Warren Weinstein stories.)

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