Tag Archives: al-qaeda

Al Qaeda Begs For American Hostage Swap

ABC News | August 14, 2014

ABCNews_8.15.14Al Qaeda issued another, more urgent public plea Wednesday to the family of American hostage Warren Weinstein to pressure Washington to negotiate for his release, but his wife told ABC News she feels “powerless” to help free him after three years.

The written, English-language message from the core al Qaeda group in Pakistan, where Weinstein, 73, has been suspected of being held against his will for three years as of this week, urged his family to “pressure your government.” But there was no new video or photo of Weinstein, whose health is believed to have deteriorated in captivity.

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Bring my father home

By ALISA WEINSTEIN, The Hill
Published: July 1, 2014

When an American held captive overseas returns home to his or her family, it’s hard not to become emotional seeing the family’s fear and concern replaced by unspeakable joy and relief. I was only eight years old when I watched news footage of the Americans held in Iran reuniting with their families, but I remember being swept up by the moment.

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Alisa Weinstein on her father’s captivity and the risks to development workers

By GABE SPITZER, Humanosphere
Published: June 20, 2014

Warren Weinstein had been in Pakistan for some seven years, working with a contractor on local-scale economic development. Then four days before he was due to leave, in August 2011, gunmen barged into his house in Lahore and took him prisoner.

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Bergdahl reveals the impossible choices faced by hostages’ families

By DAVID ROHDE, Reuters
Published: June 6, 2014

The furor surrounding the exchange of five Taliban prisoners for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl this week has exposed the murky world — and impossible choices — of the families of Americans taken captive by militants.

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Bergdahl backlash sparks fear for another American hostage’s daughter

By CATHERINE E. SHIOCHET, CNN
Published: June 5, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 6.27.08 PMMore questions are being asked about the deal that secured the release of U.S. soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan, and that includes the relatives of Americans still held hostage.

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Pentagon effort to free more hostages with Bergdahl nixed

By OREN DORELL, USA Today
Published on: June 5, 2014

The deal to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban detainees held by the U.S. military nixed a broader effort by the Department of Defense to include other U.S. citizens held by the Taliban and its allies, a top congressional aide said Thursday.

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P.O.W Families Question Deal to Release Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Fox Baltimore
Published: June, 2014

More questions are being asked about the deal that secured the release of U.S. soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan, and that includes the relatives of Americans still held hostage.

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‘We wanted to die right there on the spot’

By ZOE SZATHMARY and LYDIA WARREN, Daily Mail
Published: Dec. 30, 2013

The family of a Maryland man who was kidnapped by al-Qaeda two years ago have revealed their heartbreak at seeing him as ‘a shell’ of his former self in a newly-released video.

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U.S. Working ‘Behind the Scenes’ for Al Qaeda Hostage Release, State Says

By JOHN SANTUCCI, LEE FERRAN, DEAN SCHABNER and MUHAMMAD LILA, Good Morning America
Published: Dec. 30, 2013

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 6.33.39 PMThe U.S. government is working “behind the scenes” to secure the release of American al Qaeda hostage Warren Weinstein, the State Department said in response to comments made by Weinstein’s family in an exclusive interview today on Good Morning America.

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U.S. Captive says he’s “Abandoned and Forgotten”

By NOAH RAYMAN, TIME Magazine
Published: December 26, 2013

An American development worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan more than two years ago says in a video released Thursday that he feels “totally forgotten and abandoned” by the U.S. government.

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