(AP) ISLAMABAD – A 70-year-old American aid worker kidnapped nine months ago in Pakistan said in a video released by al Qaeda that he will be killed unless President Barack Obama agrees to the militant group’s demands.
The video posted on militant websites Sunday followed one issued in December in which al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri said Warren Weinstein would be released if the U.S. stopped airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. He also demanded the release of all al Qaeda and Taliban suspects around the world.
“My life is in your hands, Mr. President,” Weinstein said in the new video. “If you accept the demands, I live; if you don’t accept the demands, then I die.”
It was unclear when the video was recorded.
The White House had no comment Monday on al Qaeda’s demands or Weinstein’s plea.
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