Delaney: Bring home Md. man still in hands of al-Qaeda

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A Maryland congressman is urging President Obama and the State Department to do everything they can to help bring home a man who was kidnapped in Pakistan three years ago.

Warren Weinstein of Montgomery County was kidnapped by al-Qaeda in Pakistan on August 13, 2011. The former USAID employee and Peace Corps member was working for a USAID contractor to promote economic development at the time.

Al-Qaeda has released three videos of Weinstein since his capture.

Congressman John Delaney has spoken on the House floor in support of Weinstein and also written a letter to the President and Secretary of State John Kerry to ask that they use every resource available to rescue Weinstein. Delaney also introduced a House Resolution in support of Weinstein. It was also introduced in the Senate by Maryland senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.

Congressman Delaney released a statement on Wednesday which reads:

"Three years ago Warren Weinstein was captured by terrorists. Today, Warren Weinstein, an American, a husband, a father, and a grandfather is still in al-Qaeda's hands. We know that Warren is in ill health and needs medical care; but Warren is in the hands of terrorists, not those who love him.

"This anniversary is a somber occasion, but also a reminder that we must continue to stand with Warren and the Weinstein family. I call upon the President and the State Department to do everything they can to bring Warren home. Pakistan must also cooperate with our efforts. Any American held overseas must be a priority and we must use every lever available to us. Warren, you are not forgotten."


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