The leader of terrorist group al-Qaida is renewing demands for the release of the U.S. development expert kidnapped in Pakistan in August.
Ayman al-Zawahiri said in a video released on Friday (March 16) by the group’s media arm, as-Sahab, that Warren Weinstein will only be returned to his family once the United States frees “every single person” it arrested over alleged links with al-Qaida and the Taliban, CBS News reports. The message is similar to his announcement in December.
Weinstein is the country director in Pakistan of U.S.-based firm J.E. Austin Associates. He was wrapping up work on a U.S. Agency for International Development project in the country and was days from returning to the United States at the time of his abduction.
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