Al Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri claims responsibility for kidnapping American
Warren Weinstein, left, was abducted August 13 in Lahore, Pakistan.
December 1st, 2011
02:33 PM ET

Al Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri claims responsibility for kidnapping American

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has claimed responsibility for the capture in August of a 70-year-old American citizen in Pakistan, according to SITE, a website that monitors terrorist threats.

"Just as the Americans detain all whom they suspect of links to al Qaeda and the Taliban, even remotely, we detained this man who is neck-deep in American aid to Pakistan since the '70s," al-Zawahiri said, according to SITE.

The al Qaeda leader also listed demands that needed to be met before he would release Warren Weinstein. The demands included the ending of airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. He also added that Muslim prisoners including Abu Musab al-Suri, the "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdul Rahman, Ramzi Yousef, Sayyid Nosair, and the family of Osama bin Laden must also be released.

Police have arrested three suspects in the kidnapping of Weinstein, a development expert from the United States who was snatched August 13 in his home in Lahore, Pakistan, a police official said.

The official asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad said she was not aware of any arrests.

Weinstein was abducted August 13 when gunmen, posing as neighbors offering food, pistol-whipped him and his driver and tied up his guards, U.S. Embassy and Pakistani officials said.

Weinstein works for J.E. Austin Associates Inc., a U.S. consulting firm based in Arlington, Virginia, a Pakistani official said. He is a world-renowned development expert, with 25 years of experience, according to his company's website. The site says he was heading what the company described as the "Pakistan Initiative for Strategic Development and Competitiveness."

As Weinstein's security guards prepared for the meal before the Ramadan fast, three men knocked at the front gate and offered food for the meal - a traditional practice among Muslims during the Ramadan holy month, according to senior Lahore police official Tajamal Hussain.

Once the gate was opened, the three men forced their way in, while five other suspects entered the house from the back, Hussain said. The men tied up the three security guards and duct-taped their mouths, he said. They pistol-whipped the driver and forced him to take them to Weinstein's room where the men hit Weinstein in the head with a pistol, and forced him out of the house and into a waiting car, Hussain said.

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  1. Dutch Cartoon Fan

    So this is what Al Qaeda has been reduced to – kidnapping 70 year olds.

    December 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizenUSA

      I'm a fan too. I can't believe Ben & Jerry's hasn't come out with Moham Mud or Al Qaeda Berry Delight ice cream.

      December 1, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BigHammer

    Gutsy move, as usual, for these mutts. 8 guys to kidnap a 70 year old man, they probably needed all 8 to avoid the man puting a beat down on them. Gutless Cowards never change, prayer for this man and his family, and I can't wait for the celebration when we frag al-Zawahiri's sorry butt.

    December 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      I'm no fan of Al Qaeda, but calling them cowards for using 8 guys to kidnap someone is pretty one-sided. How about the fact we use drones to drop bombs on people in cars who have no possibility of fighting bac?. Or dropping smart bombs on people holding ak47's?

      December 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • James PDX

      Was this 70 year old an armed combatant? I think your comparison are as weak as al quaeda.

      December 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • sameeker

      @justin – like using jets loaded with civilians to attack and kill thousands more unarmed civilians? Let's not forget why we are there.

      December 1, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      @Justin, you must be seriously diluted and live in some other world. You have no clue about what you are saying, Let me take a guess, your some teenager who thinks he knows how the world is and everything in your little world is perfect.

      Ill tell you what, why do you travel to the Mideast and parade around that you are an American. Then once you are captured, beaten to death and torched. And if you manage to survive with your head intact. please come back here and tell me about how it’s unfair that a cowardly terrorist is getting blown up with a drone attack.

      December 1, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. biff

    I love pakistan

    December 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bob

    What do you think would happen to Pakistan if the Taliban and their sympathizers got hold of a nuke warhead from the Pakistani Military and decided to use it on the west? Do you think that would be a good thing? How many would burn?

    December 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Preoccupied

      Probably about a fraction of the number of Pakis who would be reduced to ash once we struck back. Like all of them.

      Get used to saying this: "Parking-Lot-I-Stan" "Sheet-Of-Glass-I-Stan" "Everyone's-Dead-I-Stan" "Say-Hi-To-Your-Seventy-Two-Virgins-I-Stan" "They're-Probably-All-Male-Trekkies-Anyway-I-Stan"

      December 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • m

      The answer to your question lies in "The Sum of All Fears".

      December 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lucidguy

    Old guy got owned in Pakiland. Buhahahaha

    December 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mister Prez

    Another rat that we'll take out soon. Release the hounds!

    December 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. AhhPures

    Ok, first of all, anyone named Weinstein shouldn't even think of going to Pakistan for any reason whatsoever. Secondly, when Arabs come to the door of a Jew offering something, uh,... hello???

    December 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • lucidguy

      Pakis are not Arabs, Hello???

      December 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jason

    At 70 years old what the heck is this old guy doing in Pakistan? He must have figured he was taking a risk. In a way, I feel bad for him and his family, but once again, what the heck was he doing in one of the most dangerous places on earth?

    December 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Farty McCloud

      Read the article stupid. Development expert. Probably helping Pakistan develop. We should ship you over there for your lack of reading comprehension.

      December 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dave in Portland

    Al Qaeda are cowards. They are a bunch of old women with beards (no offense to old women). They can't do anything substantial, so they kidnap an old man. How proud they must be. Just a bunch of braying @$$es that like to hear the sounds coming out of their mouths.

    December 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chris

    Someone call Zahawari and ask him if we can just hug this out

    December 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizenUSA

      Good one.

      December 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. wow!

    Al-zawahiri is a huge piece of s#it, anyone who sympathies with someone who poses as someone doing good deeds, and then kidnaps them, is sympathizing with a demon

    December 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Thomas

      People can be crafty.

      Even we are forced into deciding how sympathetic or vengeful to be toward known crimenals and we train our self to be as ruthless toward them as they are toward us and other weaklings. Except for devients, who make them selves believe they can hide their wretchedness idee through treachery and violence toward others, the rest of us have to be at our best behavior to balance the earth clock for humanity to choose the message that we make and carve it into the world cycle.

      Like our eight planets and moons cycle thru the solar system in certain sequences and orbits set forward in the beginning. The Sun is our star and the center partner of it is only one place in a Milky Way of seperate universes and more, much more is our origins.

      The rest of us have no contact or association with them ( uhh huhh, are you sure? Right! ).

      Given enough time we are each capable of inviting devils to roost or the angels of our better nature. We decide for our selves then bahave accordingly or get others to do it for us ( a sacrifice ). Where do we go from there? Where we are!

      Now what?

      December 1, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. AARP

    well damn....he didn't sign his policy yet!

    December 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. unretired05

    It took eight men to kidnap this 70 year old gut, really a brave bunch. No suicide martyrdom for them.
    Hey al-Zawahiri, that's no mosquito buzzing around your head.

    December 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sheik Milkshake .

    pakistan hides OSB even though he was in a neighborhood with alot of Paki military lived, the paki gov continues lie to us on a daily basis. ..Why dont we nuke that crappy country and ask questions later? cowards.

    December 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. citizenUSA

    Come on over here. There's plenty of Americans waiting for you. Does Al think we're Isreal? And to show how sacred their religion is, they used it as a device to kidnap the guy.

    December 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizenUSA

      Sorry. I meant Israel.

      December 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
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