Monday, May 07, 2012

Warren Weinstein Abduction Video Released

Following the murder of Khalil Dale, a video of abducted development worker Warren Weinstein was released on Sunday. Weinstein, who was kidnapped in Pakistan last August, was the country director for development firm J.E. Austin. He had been based in Lahore for seven years.

In December, Al Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri announced his group was holding Weinstein. At the time, Zawahiri's demands for Weinstein's release included an end to U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen and the release of all Al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners.

The latest video was widely distributed on jihadist Internet forums. In it, Weinstein says if demands are not met, he will be killed. Weinstein is 70 years old and a U.S. citizen.

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