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Video: Warren Weinstein, U.S. Man Held Hostage by Al Qaeda, Appeals to Pres. Obama

| by Michael Allen

Warren Weinstein, a 70-year-old American worker who was kidnapped nine months ago in Lahore, Pakistan, said in a video (below) that he will be killed, unless President Barack Obama agrees to al Qaeda's demands.

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

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"If you respond to them then I will live and hopefully rejoin my family and also enjoy my two daughters like you enjoy your two daughters."

The video was posted on Sunday by Al-Sahab, al Qaeda's media arm.

In December of 2011, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri said Weinstein would be released if the U.S. stopped airstrikes in the Middle East. al-Zawahri also demanded the release of all al Qaeda and Taliban suspects.

Also, in December, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told local media that Weinstein was involved in “quite suspect” intelligence-gathering for the U.S. government, which the Obama administration denied.

The White House had no comment on Monday.