Worker held by Al Qaeda seeks Obama’s support

December 27, 2013 - 9:23:07 am
ISLAMABAD: A US development worker kidnapped in Pakistan by Al Qaeda two years ago appealed to President Barack Obama to intervene and help negotiate his release, in a video released yesterday.

In a 13-minute clip issued by Al Qaeda’s media wing and posted on several news websites, Warren Weinstein, 72, looked gaunt and tired.

“I am not in good health. I have a heart condition. I suffer from acute asthma... Needless to say I’ve been suffering deep anxiety every part of every day,” he said.

“Mr President, for the majority of my adult life, for over 30 years I’ve served my country ... Now when I need my government it seems that I have been totally abandoned and forgotten.”

The video could not be independently verified.

Weinstein was abducted in 2011 in the eastern city of Lahore where he worked for a US consulting company.

Pakistan’s tribal areas on its border with Afghanistan serve as safe havens for Al Qaeda, the Taliban and other militant groups, and the Islamabad government has been under pressure from the United States to do more to eliminate the insurgency.

Al Qaeda has attacked civilian and military targets in various countries, including the September 11 attacks, 1998 US embassy bombings and the 2002 Bali bombings. 

The US government responded to the September 11 attacks by launching the War on Terror. With the loss of key leaders, culminating in the death of Osama bin Laden,

AFP
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