May 7th, 2012
02:37 AM ET

U.S. citizen abducted in Pakistan asks Obama to meet Qaeda demands

A 70-year-old U.S. citizen kidnapped in Pakistan last year has made an emotional plea to President Barack Obama to meet al Qaeda's demands in order to save his life, according to a video released on several Islamist websites Sunday.

"My life is in your hands, Mr. President," Warren Weinstein said in the video. "If you accept the demands, I live. If you don't accept the demands, then I die."

Weinstein, a development consultant, was abducted in August from his home in the city of Lahore. In December, al Qaeda claimed responsibility for his capture.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of the terror network, listed eight demands that he said, if met, would result in Weinstein's release. The demands related to issues in the Middle East, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.

"It is important that you accept these demands and act quickly and don't delay," Weinstein said in the video posted Sunday. He made references to Obama's daughters and to his own children.

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  1. andria78

    Don't waste time accusing other people of not having done there military conscription or service in a country that doesn't have conscription and I think that captive deserves what he gets. Just like some men in vietnam he went to chase China girls in a place 2 days away from the United States. I am a female citizen, how does that make him American? He is just a Pakistani in my mind. Let me consider Regina Kay Walters and other innocent young girls who had to die early deaths becasue of selfish pigs (I will not call him a man) who decided they can take off and chase foreign women in foreign countries. Truth is out there.

    Aryanne

    May 14, 2012 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ypioca

    I think the camera man needs to Zumba! It looks like a lot of fun and I love the music. Its like a club ^_^ I might have to find some csselas!

    July 14, 2012 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
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