American held by al Qaeda in Pakistan urges Obama for help

ISLAMABAD Thu Dec 26, 2013 7:06am EST

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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A U.S. 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 on Thursday.

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 U.S. 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.

(Reporting by Maria Golovnina; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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Comments (4)
gregbrew56 wrote:
Since when did “not negotiating with terrorists” become political and partisan?

Oh, I forgot…it happened as soon as a black man became president.

Gripp…you might want to check your numbers. Obama (and that’s a capital “O”), has taken roughly one-fourth as many vacation days as his predecessor, who spent roughly a third of his presidency “on vacation”. Doesn’t fit with your narrative though, huh?

Dec 26, 2013 11:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
MikeBarnett wrote:
The article mentions “Pakistan’s tribal areas” but omits the fact that the British Empire in India decided to annex one half of the Pashtun tribes in Afghanistan to divide the tribes and rule the region. Today, 60% of Pashtuns live in Pakistan and 40% in Afghanistan. Americans in Afghanistan have been killed and wounded for 12 years owing to the failure of Britain to correct its borders before its withdrawal from its empire. I remember seeing a black and white movie starring Tyrone Power about the Royal Khyber Rifles who guarded the Khyber Pass. Unfortunately, real wars don’t usually have the happy endings of movies.

Dec 26, 2013 1:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
WhyMeLord wrote:
One would have to ask what a 70+ old fool is doing in Pakistan?
Playing the “fixer of the world” no doubt; how’s that going for him?
It’s high time the word gets out that these idiots are on their own.
Korea, Pakistan, war-zones in general; places civilians should avoid.
OH NO, these geezers puff out their chests and strut like turkeys.
They’re not real men any more, but refuse to admit they’re wasted.
They should check into an old folks home instead of a foreign jail.

Dec 26, 2013 1:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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