US wants to recover remains of hostage killed by al-Qaeda in Afghanistan – Asia Times:
Warren Weinstein, a 73-year-old Urdu-speaking aid worker who was on contract with the USAID, was abducted by a group of ten armed men from his J-Block residence in Model Town area of Lahore on Aug. 13, 2011, just four days before he was supposed to return to the US after completing his tenure. At the time of his abduction, Weinstein was helping Pakistani families escape poverty. In 2012, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) helped facilitate a $250,000 ransom payment to kidnappers from the Weinstein family in a bid to secure his release and safe return to the US. However, the kidnappers didn’t release Weinstein and instead traded him to another group in North Waziristan, which wanted to trade him for prisoners held in Pakistani jails.