May 7 - An American hostage appears in an Al-Qaeda video pleading for U.S. President Barack Obama to meet his captors' demands. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) A video tape released on Sunday (May 6) shows an American aid worker, abducted by al Qaeda in Pakistan last year, pleading with U.S. President Barack Obama to respond to the militant group's demands saying his life depends on it. The SITE monitoring service, which follows al Qaeda's statements, quoted Warren Weinstein, who was kidnapped in the central Pakistani city of Lahore last August, appealing to Obama to "accept and respond to the mujahideen". "My life is in your hands, Mr. President. If you accept the demands, I live; if you don't accept the demands, then I die," it quoted Weinstein as saying in the video, which was posted on Islamist websites on Sunday. Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in an audio recording in December that the group was responsible for Weinstein's abduction and demanded the release of all those in U.S. detention for ties with his Islamist militant group or the Taliban. He also demanded an end to air strikes by the United States and its allies against militants in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Gaza.