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(Dec. 26) Today's Top Headlines - Kidnapped American begs Obama to negotiate with al Qaeda

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Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 9:47 am


A U.S. contractor kidnapped more than two years ago by al Qaeda militants in Pakistan pleaded with President Barack Obama to negotiate his release, in a video message published Thursday.

Warren Weinstein said he feels "totally abandoned and forgotten" by the Obama administration, in the video sent to the Washington Post.

"You are now in your second term as president of the United States and that means that you can take hard decisions without worrying about reelection," he said in the 13-minute video.

"I hope and pray to God that you, as leader of the United States, along with your administration, will feel an adequate level of responsibility toward me and work for my release."

Weinstein, a development expert form Rockville, Md., said he was working as a consultant on U.S. government programs when he was captured from his home in Lahore.

The Pakistani police officer who initially investigated Weinstein's case told NBC News that "everybody [in Pakistan] knows" the U.S. citizen was taken to the semi-autonomous tribal area near the Afghan border. The central Pakistani government has little to no control in these regions.

For the full story, visit: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/26/22056954-american-kidnapped-in-pakistan-begs-obama-to-negotiate-with-al-qaeda-for-his-release?lite

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