Al Qaeda claims its holding American
Warren Weinstein, left, was abducted August 13 in Lahore, Pakistan.
December 1st, 2011
04:10 PM ET

Al Qaeda claims its holding American

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has claimed responsibility for the capture last August of a 70-year old American citizen in Pakistan, according to SITE, a website that monitors terrorist threats.

"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 seventies," al-Zawahiri said in a video posted online, referring to Warren Weinstein, a former U.S. Agency for International Development worker who was abducted August 13 in Lahore.

Al-Zawahiri listed eight conditions for Weinstein's release, including the halting of air strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen, and the release of Muslim prisoners such as Abu Musab al-Suri, the "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdul Rahman, Ramzi Yousef, Sayyid Nosair, and relatives of Osama bin Laden.

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Filed under: Al Qaeda • Al-Zawahiri • Pakistan • Terrorism
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. aryan

    he's high on opium show proof if he has the old guy

    December 5, 2011 at 11:02 am | Reply
  2. glenn robert

    With a name like Weinstein is working neck deep in Muslims???

    December 2, 2011 at 3:21 am | Reply

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