by Florian Flade
„I tell the captive fighters of Al-Qaida and the Taliban and our female prisoners held in the prisons of the crusaders and their collaborators: we have not forgotten you! In order to release you Allah the Great and Almighty guided us to capture the American Jew Warren Weinstein, a former employee contracted with the American government“ – Al-Qaida´s leader Ayman az-Zawahiri says in a new audio tape released today on Jihadi Internet forums titled „Message to the Egyptian People Part 8“.
For the first time Al-Qaida claims responsibility for the kidnapping of the American citizen Weinstein, a 70 year-old aid worker who went messing in August from his home in Lahore (Pakistan).
„We have not tortured your prisoner“, Zawahiri claims in the new audio message addressing the family of Warren Weinstein, warning them not to trust U.S. President Barack Obama and the government.
Ayman az-Zawahiri also confirms for the first time the death of Libyan Al-Qaida ideologue Jamal Ibrahim al-Misrati aka „Sheikh Atiyyatullah al-Libi“. Zawahiri says Atiyyatullah and his son Issam were both killed by CIA. The Libyan Jihadi militant was apparently killed in a U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan on August 22.