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Al-Qaeda Releases Video of US Hostage

'My life is in your hands,' Warren Weinstein tells Obama
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2012 11:50 PM CDT
Al-Qaeda Releases Video of US Hostage
Warren Weinstein, seen here in a photo from 2009, was abducted by gunmen Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, from his home in Lahore, Pakistan.    (AP Photo/Mike Redwood, File)

(Newser) – An American citizen kidnapped from his home in Pakistan last August appeals to President Obama in a video released by al-Qaeda yesterday. Warren Weinstein, 70, tells Obama he will be killed unless the president agrees to the group's demands, the AP reports. "My life is in your hands, Mr. President," the American, who worked for a development contractor in Pakistan, says in the video. "If you accept the demands, I live; if you don't accept the demands, then I die."

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If Obama agrees to the demands, "then I will live and hopefully rejoin my family and also enjoy my children, my two daughters, like you enjoy your two daughters," says Weinstein, assuring his wife that he is "being taken care of" and is getting all the medications he needs. In a video released in December, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri said Weinstein would not be released until the US stopped airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen and released al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners. (Read more Warren Weinstein stories.)

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