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Al-Qaida Video Shows US Hostage


Al-Qaida has released a video showing an American hostage saying he will be killed if President Barack Obama does not meet the militant group’s demands.

Monitoring groups said al-Qaida’s media arm posted the nearly three-minute video of Warren Weinstein on jihadist forums Sunday.

Weinstein directs a message at Mr. Obama, saying, “If you accept the demands, I live; if you don’t accept the demands, then I die.”

He also tells his wife he is in good health.

Al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri said in a December video that Weinstein would not be released until the United States halts its airstrikes in Muslim countries. He also demanded the release of al-Qaida and Taliban prisoners.

The 70-year-old Weinstein was snatched from his home in Lahore, Pakistan last August after eight gunmen overpowered his security guards.

He served as director in Pakistan of a U.S.-based development consulting company, J.E. Austin Associates.

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