Video Of Kidnapped American Development Worker In Pakistan Posted By Al Qaeda
Al Qaeda has posted a video of American development worker, 70 year old Warren Weinstein, who was originally abducted from his upscale house in Pakistan in August of 2011. In the video, Weinstein said his captors will kill him if President Obama does not meet their demands. Last December Ayman Zawahiri, then the number 2 leader of Al Qaeda, appeared in a video saying they were holding Weinstein.
Officials in Pakistan have said they believe Al Qaeda is holding Weinstein in the country's volatile tribal region along the Afghan border, where Al Qaeda militants and other Islamic extremist groups maintain strongholds.
In the video that was 2 minutes and 40 seconds and Weinstein was wearing a traditional Pakistani tunic, and listed the demands by Alqaeda including; and end to all U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, as well as the release of all Al Qaeda and Taliban militants currently being detained. The U.S. has maintained a long policy of not negotiating with terrorists and based on US Military action since then, has not negotiated or complied with the demands.
"If you accept the demands, I live," Weinstein said in the video, directing his remarks to Obama. "If you don't accept the demands, then I die."
The video was posted on jihadist Internet forums by Al-Sahab, Al Qaeda's media wing and it is not known when the video was made.