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Warren Weinstein's wife Elaine (left) and daughter Jennifer Coakley have been missing him since August 2011, when he was captured by militants in Pakistan.
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Warren Weinstein's wife Elaine (left) and daughter Jennifer Coakley have been missing him since August 2011, when he was captured by militants in Pakistan.

Today is the third anniversary of the kidnapping of a Montgomery County, Maryland resident who was taken hostage while working for the State Department in Pakistan.

The release of Bowe Bergdahl from an al-Qaeda alignment group garnered headlines across the globe, but he wasn't the only U.S. citizen being held abroad. In August of 2011, Warren Weinstein was working for a USAID contractor promoting economic development in Pakistan. He was kidnapped by al-Qaeda members there who have since released three videos of him.

Weinstein is represented by Maryland Congressman John Delaney, who has introduced a resolution in the House in support of him.

"Warren is a loving husband, a father, a grandfather. He's 72 years old. Recent videos released by Al-Qaeda show him in bad and deteriorating health. This is a man of peace, and of love. He has dedicated his life to public service, starting with the Peace Corps up until his service with the USAID, which is what he was doing in Pakistan when he was captured, four days before his scheduled return."

Delaney and Maryland's senators are calling on the State Department and White House to do all they can to hasten Weinstein's release. 

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