Al-Qaida Holding American Hostage in Pakistan
Posted on Dec 1, 2011
Claiming retaliation for American aggression in Pakistan, al-Qaida said Thursday that it was holding a U.S. citizen, 70-year-old aid worker Warren Weinstein, in that country after capturing him in Lahore four months ago. Al-Qaida boss Ayman al-Zawahiri announced Weinstein’s capture in a video demanding that the U.S. stop its air attacks in that part of the world. —KA
“Just as the Americans detain whomever they suspect may be connected to al-Qaeda or the Taliban even in the slightest of ways, we have detained this man who has been involved with US aid to Pakistan since the 1970s,” Zawahiri said in the 31-minute video.
He also demanded that America stop air strikes on Somalia and Yemen, according to a US monitoring group, Site Intelligence.
And he called for the release of al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects around the world, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombers.
Zawahiri confirmed, too, an announcement by US officials in August that his Libyan deputy, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, had been killed in an air strike in Pakistan’s north-western tribal region.
AP / Mike Redwood
This 2009 file image provided by Mike Redwood shows Warren Weinstein in England.