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Al-Qaida urges abducted man's family to press US

Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) -- Al-Qaida urged the family of an American aid worker it abducted in Pakistan three years ago to demand that the U.S. government negotiate a prisoner exchange for his release.

Warren Weinstein was abducted in August 2011, four days before his seven-year stint as a business development expert with international aid agency USAID was to end. He turned 73 in July.

In a message released in English and Arabic and addressed to Weinstein's family, al-Qaida said it is "not interested in keeping" Weinstein but wants to exchange him for prisoners in U.S. custody.

"We are not interested in retaining the prisoner in our protection. We are only seeking to exchange him in return for the fulfilment of our demands" it said. "We will not spare any efforts for the release of our prisoners."

It criticized the U.S. government over alleged "inaction," saying it had not contacted al-Qaida to negotiate for Weinstein's release.

The authenticity of the message, which was dated August 2014, could not be independently confirmed, but it was posted Thursday on a website commonly used by militants.

The White House has called for Weinstein's immediate release but has said it won't negotiate with al-Qaida.

Weinstein appeared in a video sent in late December to reporters in Pakistan, appealing to President Barack Obama to negotiate his release. It was the first video to show Weinstein since September 2012. There was no indication of when it was made, but an accompanying, handwritten note was dated Oct. 3.

Weinstein's family said at the time that the video and the note did not convince them that he was alive and expressed concern about his health.

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elkhartbiker August 15 2014 at 9:32 AM

How about this? Tell these towel-headed creeps that unless they release this American we will simply kill all the terrorists in Gitmo?

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pjsowe August 15 2014 at 9:40 AM

Now that Obama has prostituted himself by negotiating with terrorist this was predicted. They knew this and are now playing him like a cheap fiddle.

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rdh53 August 15 2014 at 9:36 AM

Well, since we now negotiate with terrorists, why not give them what they want. After all, they know we have a weak President.

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mackerace August 15 2014 at 9:49 AM

Obammy will probably trade all the Gitmo scumbags for this hostage...in order to close down Gitmo. After he gives amnesty to millions...in between golf rounds

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obama.is.not.a.smidgen.honest August 15 2014 at 10:01 AM

Obama will ask just one question:
Will this man promise to vote Democrat?

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djrowan August 15 2014 at 9:36 AM

Tell this camel humping scum bag to stick it up his ass. Then identify him and kill him and the rest of the filthy worms that have been alive way too long.

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eaglephoenix2 August 15 2014 at 10:02 AM

The precedent has been set. Comes out looking the fool no matter what he does now.

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Bobby Brown August 15 2014 at 9:36 AM

prisoner swap-??--Obama is on it !!!!!

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Precious Pup August 15 2014 at 9:35 AM

Surprise! I certainly didn't see this coming!

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Bobby Brown Precious Pup August 15 2014 at 9:38 AM


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libsfault August 15 2014 at 9:46 AM

I think all these humanitarians should be left to fend for themselves. They know the dangers over there.

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rxpharmd libsfault August 15 2014 at 10:13 AM

absolutely. If you want to go there, fine, but you take the risk and you pay the price.

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jjdp libsfault August 15 2014 at 10:27 AM

They are also doin their job you idiot;

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