Terrorist group al-Qaida has announced it has in its custody a U.S. development expert kidnapped in Pakistan in August and has issued a series of demands in exchange for his release.
Among the conditions announced by al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri for Warren Weinstein’s freedom are the end of U.S. air strikes on Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia, and the release of all al-Qaida and Taliban suspects held in prisons around the globe.
“Just as the Americans detain whomever they suspect may be connected to al-Qaida 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,” al-Zawahri said in a video message posted on the al-Qaida website, as quoted by the Guardian.
Weinstein is chief of party for the U.S.-based consulting firm J.E. Austin & Associates, which is overseeing a U.S. Agency for International Development project to boost competitiveness among industries in Pakistan. He was taken from his home in Lahore, Pakistan, on Aug. 13.
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