Timeline of Events


Weinstein arrives in Pakistan

Pakistan Feb.2006 284 copy Weinstein arrives in Pakistan as Country Director for J.E. Austin & Associates, a USAID contractor with an economic development mission. By this time, he had been doing economic development work in the developing world for 30+ years.

June 29th

Weinstein is Kidnapped

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.

August 13th

Al-Qaeda claims responsibility

al-zawahiri 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.

December 1st

Evidence of whereabouts surfaces

Credible evidence surfaces that Weinstein is being held in North Waziristan.

January 1st

First video released

As-Sahab releases a video of Weinstein. It is the first time Weinstein has been seen since his kidnapping.

Two more videos released

As-Sahab releases two additional videos of Weinstein. Read more here.


September 13th

“Abandoned and Forgotten”

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.

December 25th

2014 Update

As the third anniversary of Weinstein’s kidnapping approaches, the family has received no further information since the December 25 video and letter.

June 30th

2015 Update

The White House announces that Warren Weinstein was killed in captivity during a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January, 2015.

April 23rd