Warren Weinstein

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Warren Weinstein (born July 3, 1941)[1] is an American contractor, and director in Pakistan for J.E. Austin Associates.[2] He was kidnapped by al-Qaeda on August 13, 2011 in Lahore, Pakistan.[3][4][5][6]


He earned an MA in international relations, and PhD in international law and economics, from Columbia University.[7] He was a professor at State University of New York at Oswego.[8] He had a home in Rockville, Maryland.[9]

Kidnapping for ransom is common, but it was rare for criminals to target foreigners.[10] Three guards and his driver are being held.[11] On November 1, 2011, arrests were made in the case.[12] On December 1, 2011, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri claimed to be holding him.[13][14] [15] [16]

In January 2012, he was reported held in North Waziristan, by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.[17][18]

In May 2012, al-Qaeda released a proof of life video of Weinstein.[19]

In September 2012, al-Qaeda released two additional proof of life videos of Weinstein.[20][21]

Al-Qaeda released another proof of life video in December 2013.[22]


  • Warren Weinstein, John J. Grotpeter, The pattern of African decolonization: a new interpretation, Program of Eastern African Studies, Syracuse University, 1973, ISBN 978-0-915984-07-7
  • Chinese and Soviet aid to Africa, Praeger Publishers, 1975, ISBN 978-0-275-09050-0
  • Warren Weinstein, Robert A. Schrire, Political conflict and ethnic strategies: a case study of Burundi, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 1976
  • Soviet and Chinese aid to African nations, Praeger, 1980, ISBN 978-0-03-052756-2
  • A sea of troubles: decolonization in Burundi, 1958-1962, University Microfilms International, 1985
  • Ellen K. Eggers, Warren Weinstein, Historical dictionary of Burundi, Scarecrow Press, 1997, ISBN 978-0-8108-3261-9

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  1. ^ http://www.interpol.int/notice/search/missing/2012-290073
  2. ^ Alexander, Harriet (2011-08-13). "American aid worker Warren Weinstein kidnapped in Pakistan". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  3. ^ "US aid official kidnapped in Pakistan - Central & South Asia". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  4. ^ Hannah Roberts (2011-08-15). "Warren Weinstein: American kidnapped in Pakistan in armed raid on his home | Mail Online". London: Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  5. ^ Rodriguez, Alex; Khan, Nasir (2011-08-14). "American kidnapped in Pakistan - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  6. ^ "US citizen kidnapped by unknown assailants in Pakistan". Jpost.com. 2011-08-13. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  7. ^ "US Citizen Kidnapped in Pakistan « VOA Breaking News". Blogs.voanews.com. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  8. ^ Robert A. Baker. "Former SUNY Oswego professor reported kidnapped in Pakistan". The Post-Standard. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  9. ^ "Al Qaeda demands end to air strike on Muslim countries in return for kidnapped American". The Daily Mail (London). 2 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "BBC News - Al-Qaeda says it kidnapped Warren Weinstein in Pakistan". Bbc.co.uk. 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  11. ^ "AFP: Month on, fears grow for kidnapped American in Pakistan". Google.com. 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  12. ^ "Police claim arrest of kidnappers of Taseer’s son". Thenews.com.pk. 2011-11-01. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  13. ^ AFP. "Al Qaeda claims kidnapping of Weinstein in Pakistan – The Express Tribune". Tribune.com.pk. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  14. ^ "Al-Qaida says it is holding US hostage - World news - South and Central Asia - Pakistan - msnbc.com". MSNBC. 2011-08-19. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  15. ^ "Al Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri claims responsibility for kidnapping American – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs". News.blogs.cnn.com. 2011-12-01. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  16. ^ Dan Murphy (December 2, 2011). "Is kidnapping older, unarmed civilians all that's left for Al Qaeda?". The Christian Science Monitor. 
  17. ^ Hussain, Tom (January 25, 2012). "Al Qaida still holding American contractor hostage in Pakistan". McClatchy Newspapers. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  18. ^ Hussain, Tom (January 25, 2012). "Kidnapped US aid contractor reportedly held by militants in Pakistan". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  19. ^ http://www.csmonitor.com/World/terrorism-security/2012/0507/US-hostage-Warren-Weinstein-makes-plea-to-Obama-in-Al-Qaeda-video-video
  20. ^ "Topic Galleries". Chicago Tribune. 
  21. ^ "U.S. hostage urges Jewish groups to work for his release". Reuters. 2012-09-13. 
  22. ^ Londoño, Ernesto (2013-12-26). "National Security". The Washington Post. 

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