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Islamabad - Al-Qaida Says It Is Holding Jewish American Hostage In Pakistan

Published on: December 1, 2011 04:04 PM
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The house of kidnapped American development expert Warren Weinstein in Lahore, Pakistan, is seen in the background, Aug. 15, 2011. (K.M. Chaudary/AP Photo) The house of kidnapped American development expert Warren Weinstein in Lahore, Pakistan, is seen in the background, Aug. 15, 2011. (K.M. Chaudary/AP Photo)

Islamabad - Al-Qaida claimed responsibility Thursday for the kidnapping of a 70-year-old American aid worker in Pakistan in August, and issued a series of demands for his release.

In a video message posted on militant websites, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri said Warren Weinstein would be released if the United States stopped airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. He also demanded the release of all al-Qaida and Taliban suspects around the world.

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“Just as the Americans detain all whom they suspect of links to al-Qaida and the Taliban, even remotely, we detained this man who is neck-deep in American aid to Pakistan since the 1970s,” al-Zawahri said, according to a translation provided by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant messages.

Weinstein was abducted by armed men from his house in the eastern city of Lahore on Aug. 13. Police and U.S. officials have not publicly said who they believed was holding him, but Islamist militant groups were the main suspects.

Weinstein, who has a home in Rockville, Maryland, worked in Pakistan for several years and spoke Urdu.

He was the country director in Pakistan for J.E. Austin Associates, a U.S.-based firm that advises a range of Pakistani business and government sectors. The company has said Weinstein is in poor health and provided a detailed list of medications, many of them for heart problems, that it implored the kidnappers to give him.


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 Dec 01, 2011 at 05:15 PM Wannabe Says:

Nebach! May he and Allan gross be released soon!

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 Dec 01, 2011 at 05:10 PM bklyn Says:

Oh! Hashem yerachem, that's no good news at all!

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 Dec 01, 2011 at 04:58 PM Liepa Says:

He goes to help them and as a 'thank you' they detain him and probably torturing him since he's a Jew. These are the types of 'choleras' Israel has to deal with on an ongoing basis, 24/7, over the last 60 some years, with no end in sight.
Hinei loi yonim v'loi yishon, shoimer Yisroel.

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 Dec 01, 2011 at 04:28 PM ShmuelG Says:

I am sorry for the man and hope he is released, but what was he thinking? That is exactly where an American jew should find himself - in Lahore.

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 Dec 01, 2011 at 04:26 PM cynic Says:

Thanks to fallout from one of the ways we searched for OBL, namely (the unverified claim that) we had a doctor in Islamabad doing DNA scrapings under the guise of a vaccination program, I'm afraid that it's pretty unlikely Weinstein's kidnappers will pick up those medications for him.

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 Dec 01, 2011 at 05:49 PM Granny Says:

Nebbich, I certainly feel bad for him and hope he is speedily released, but really, does anyone think it's a good idea for Jews to go to hotbeds of fundamental Islam like Pakistan?

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 Dec 01, 2011 at 06:12 PM SandraM Says:

Open season on the Jews.

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 Dec 01, 2011 at 06:14 PM Anonymous Says:

All Yidden should vacate that vile country at once.

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 Dec 01, 2011 at 07:20 PM LionofZion Says:

Cynic,

Anything else you want to apologize for.
I am trying to think of any way in the world to address your ridiculous post. I cannot even begin, but I'll try.

The people who kidnapped a person for no reason at all, who would kill you and me given the chance, do not base their decisions on whether the united States did or did not send fake doctors to find a mass murderer.

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 Dec 01, 2011 at 07:46 PM Anonymous Says:

I don't appreciate the comments which seek to throw salt on this poor individual's wounds. It is tantamount to saying "if you weren't driving your car, you wouldn't have suffered an accident and wound up in the hospital". People have the right to go, where their business takes them. It is not their fault, that there are terrorists in the world. Every country has its share of undesirables. Regarding Pakistan, it abhors terrorists, as the Pakistani civilian population has suffered extensively from Al Queda.

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 Dec 01, 2011 at 07:47 PM harryw Says:

We all feel bad for him and alan gross who is prisoned in cuba. But, what were these two thinking in the first place are they insane or what? ?? They risked their lives for a few dollars. God, this is nasty.

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 Dec 01, 2011 at 10:44 PM Anon Says:

The same way it was the State of Israel's responsibility to work tirelessly on freeing Shalit , it is America's responsibility to do the same for him. He is an American citizen, thereby making it Obama's job to get him out.

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 Dec 01, 2011 at 10:49 PM cynic Says:

Reply to #9  
LionofZion Says:

Cynic,

Anything else you want to apologize for.
I am trying to think of any way in the world to address your ridiculous post. I cannot even begin, but I'll try.

The people who kidnapped a person for no reason at all, who would kill you and me given the chance, do not base their decisions on whether the united States did or did not send fake doctors to find a mass murderer.

Your kneejerking is so alarming you might want to check with your doctor about taking magnesium supplements.
I was pointing out that, thanks to the (unverified) medical subterfuge we used as part of tracking down OBL, the kidnappers aren't going to trust the privacy of any medical provider so they _won't_ be going to a pharmacy and picking up those medications.
- You may not be familiar with the police/FBI technique of decades ago where, when a child was kidnapped, they'd sometimes claim the victim had a medical problem needing klebifan (or some other made up, or sometimes real, drug). All the pharmacies for fifty miles around would be in the lookout for anyone asking for that drug.
The terrorists aren't dumb. If the company gave out a list of five medications, the kidnappers are smart enough to realize, or at least fear, that anyone new going to a druggist and asking for them... will be rushed off to the local police station.

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