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Monday, May 7,2012

American Hostage Appeals to Obama in Al-Qaida Video

Warren Weinstein

Al-Qaida has released a video of an elderly American hostage pleading for President Obama to give in to the terrorist group's demands in order to save his life.

"My life is in your hands, Mr. President," 70-year-old Warren Weinstein says in the undated video, which was published on a militant message board Sunday night according to the Associated Press. "If you accept the demands, I live; if you don't accept the demands, then I die."

Weinstein had been working as the country director in Pakistan for J.E. Austin Associates, an American firm that advises a variety of Pakistani businesses and government groups including USAID, when he was kidnapped last August from his home in Lahore, the Telegraph explains. His abduction came only two days before he was set to move back to the United States.

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