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Al-Qaeda threatening to execute American if demands are not met

Al-Qaeda affiliate group on Thursday threatened to kill American hostage Luke Somers if the U.S. government does not comply with the group’s demands. Somers is a 33-year-old photojournalist, who was abducted in 2013 in Yemen’s capital city of Sanaa. The 33-year-old American, a British-born photojournalist, was doing freelance work for the Yemen Times and, since his capture; Yemeni journalists have been holding sit-ins in Sanaa to press the government to seek his release.

U.S. terrorism monitoring group SITE Intelligence Group obtained the video which gave Washington unspecified demands to meet or the man would be killed in three days. The video resembled some of those used by the ISIS extremists in Iraq and Syria. Somers was among a group of hostages who were the objective of a joint rescue mission by U.S. operation forces and Yemeni troops last month that freed eight captives in a remote corner of Yemen’s Hadramawt province. SITE confirms that the voice heard on the tape is Al-Qaeda Arabian Peninsula affiliate’s leader Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi. The video does not list what those demands are, but al-Ansi says Washington is “aware” of them. (Read more at


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