Al Qaeda Claims To Be Holding U.S. Hostage In Pakistan

Al Qaeda claimed responsibility Thursday for the kidnapping of a 70-year-old American aid worker in Pakistan — a claim that one U.S. official tells Fox News is “entirely possible,” though it has not been confirmed.

In a video message posted on militant websites, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said Warren Weinstein would be released if the United States stopped airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. He also demanded the release of all Al Qaeda and Taliban suspects around the world.

Weinstein was abducted by armed men from his house in the eastern city of Lahore on Aug. 13.

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