White House: American Woman and Her Family Held Captive by Taliban Jihadist Group for 5 Years have been Released – 10/12/17

Reports indicate Al-Qaeda is claiming tonight to be holding an American citizen hostage who was kidnapped in Pakistan on August 13:

FOX NEWS: 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.

“It’s entirely possible that Al Qaeda or one of its militant allies may be holding Mr. Weinstein and the statement by Zawahiri supports this conclusion,” the official told Fox News. “The documents from Bin Laden’s hideout show his frustrated deputies were considering kidnapping and other criminal enterprises as a means of striking from their weakened state.” . . . Read More

Report: Al-Qaeda Claims to be Holding 70-Year-Old American Citizen Hostage – 12/1/11

UPDATE 2:53 PM CT: Here is Fox News confirming the deaths of the four Americans:

News is out that the four Americans kidnapped by Somali Pirates off the coast of Africa have been shot and killed by the Pirates during negotiations with the U.S. Navy:

NEW YORK TIMES: Four Americans taken hostage after their yacht was hijacked by Somali pirates off the Horn of Africa last week were killed early Tuesday when gunfire erupted during attempts by the United States Navy to negotiate with their captors, American military officials said.

Thirteen pirates were taken into American military custody and two were killed during the confrontation; the military offered slightly different accounts of events that led to their deaths. Two other pirates were found dead on the yacht, apparently killed by fellow pirates, and two more were negotiating aboard a nearby Navy ship. . . . . Read More

U.S. Military officials say the pirates had already shot the four Americans before U.S. Special Forces boarded the yacht.

Four Americans Reported Killed by Somali Pirates – UPDATED with Video Report

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