Weinstein is kidnapped from his home in Lahore, Pakistan, four days before he is scheduled to return home to the United States and his family.
As-Sahab, the media group of al-Qaeda, releases an audio recording in which leader Ayman al-Zawahiri says his organization is holding Weinstein and will release him if the Obama administration stops all airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, and releases several men convicted in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, according to the New York Times.
Credible evidence surfaces that Weinstein is being held in North Waziristan.
As-Sahab releases a video of Weinstein. It is the first time Weinstein has been seen since his kidnapping.
As-Sahab releases two additional videos of Weinstein. Read more here.
As-Sahab releases a 13-minute video of Weinstein and a letter hand-written by him, dated October 2013. The only credible time stamp, however, is Weinstein’s reference to John Kerry as Secretary of State, proving that the materials were created after Feb. 1, 2013. Weinstein’s health has visibly deteriorated from the earlier videos, causing alarm for the family. A State Department spokesperson reiterates a call for Weinstein’s release.
As the third anniversary of Weinstein’s kidnapping approaches, the family has received no further information since the December 25 video and letter.
The White House announces that Warren Weinstein was killed in captivity during a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January, 2015.