Jewish American now being held by Al Qaeda
Warren Weinstein, a 70-year-old Jewish-American kidnapped in a brazen daylight attack at his home in Lahore, Pakistan, is now in the hands of the Al Qaeda terrorist organization, according to a statement from its leader, Ayman Al-Zawahari. Weinstein’s home was attacked August 13 on the eve of the Ramadan festival when three gunmen posing as neighbors bringing food prior to the month-long fast rushed past the guards and pistol whipped Weinstein and staff members. Weinstein was then thrown into a car, which sped away. He has not been seen since. Weinstein has worked as a development consultant for over two decades and was currently working for an Arlington, Virginia firm. Al-Zawahari listed a number of demands that must be met before Weinstein would be freed. These include ending all U.S. airstrikes against targets in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia as well as releasing all suspected Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists currently being held by U.S. forces at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and elsewhere around the world. The reasons why Al Qaeda did not take responsibility for the kidnapping from the start are unclear. However, it has been theorized by terrorist experts that Weinstein might have been captured by a low-level terrorist group and that he had been passed up to more organized and dangerous terrorist groups over the course of the last few weeks, before winding up with Al Qaeda.