Al Qaeda: Let’s swap 2 American hostages for blind sheik

Al Qaeda: Let’s swap 2 American hostages for blind sheik

Militants reportedly want to swap two American hostages being held by an al Qaeda-linked group at a gas plant in Algeria for two prominent terror figures jailed in the United States: Omar Abdel Rahman, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist convicted of shooting at two US soldiers in Afghanistan.

The offer, according to a Mauritanian news site that frequently broadcasts dispatches from groups linked to al Qaeda, came from Moktar Belmoktar, an extremist commander based in Mali who apparently masterminded the operation.

Asked about the offer State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, “The United States does not negotiate with terrorists.”

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