Al Qaeda gives US 3 days to meet demands for hostage

December 4, 2014 4:21 PM

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SANAA, Yemen — Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen has threatened an American hostage kidnapped over a year ago, giving Washington three days to meet unspecified demands and denouncing U.S. actions in the Arabian Peninsula country in a new video released Thursday.

The hostage, identified as 33-year-old Luke Somers, an American photojournalist born in Britain, is featured for the first time in the video, which was posted on the al-Qaeda offshoot’s Twitter account. It was first reported by SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant sites.

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