The deadline for the threatened killing of the kidnapped American Paul M. Johnson Jr. approaches as thousands of Saudi police continue their search. A video released on the internet Tuesday demanded the release of jailed militants in Saudi Arabia within 72 hours or Johnson will be killed. The mother of Abdul Aziz al Muqrin, the al Qaeda suspect wanted for the kidnapping, has made a public plea for the release of Johnson unharmed. Johnson's family and friends have also sent messages through the media and the internet urging the group to spare him.
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U.S. Hostage in Saudi Arabia Saudis Seek U.S. Hostage As Clock Ticks With helicopters flying overhead, thousands of Saudi police searched for American hostage Paul M. Johnson Jr. on Friday, as a deadline loomed for the kingdom to release al-Qaida prisoners or see him killed. (AP)
Saudi Police Seek Info on American Hostage Saudi police search Riyadh for information about American hostage as deadline looms. (AP)
Relatives Go To Mass Media In Effort to Get Captive Freed Kidnappers are begged not to fulfill death threat. (Washington Post)
Saudi Friend Asks Captors To Free American A Saudi colleague of abducted U.S. citizen Paul Johnson Jr. urged kidnappers Thursday to free the hostage, arguing that the victim is under his protection as a Muslim and killing him would break Islamic law. (CNN)
9/11 Commission 9-11 Panel to Eye Ways to Prevent Attacks Next for Sept. 11 panel: how to prevent terrorist attacks in the future. (AP)
Cheney Authorized Shooting Down Planes At 10:39 on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Vice President Cheney, in a bunker beneath the White House, told Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld in a videoconference that he had been informed earlier that morning that hijacked planes were approaching Washington. (Washington Post)
Pakistan Wanted Tribal Leader Killed in Pakistan Wanted tribal leader killed in mortar attack in rugged Pakistani border region. (AP)
Pakistani Army Again Targets Border Areas Combat with foreign militants and their tribal backers resumes. An ex-Taliban fighter is reportedly killed. (LA Times).
U.S. Terror Suspect Pleads Guilty An American of Pakistani descent has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges and provided information about a Pakistani terrorism cell's plot against targets in London, officials said. (The Age)
ON THE WEB
Al Muqrin's Article About Kidnapping Operations The leader of the Saudi group who kidnapped an American in Saudi Arabia had written an article with instructions and details about how kidnapping operations should be carried out and how hostages should be dealt with. In the article, which was published online in April, Abdul Aziz al Muqrin acknowledged that governments usually don't submit to the demands of kidnappers. Al Muqrin, who is believed to be al Qaeda's leader in Saudi Arabia, also advised kidnappers never to lengthen the hostage-taking time and said the hostage should be kept in a safe place away from heavy security and strategic government areas. The article was published in the 10th issue of Al Battar Camp, a bi-weekly online magazine posted online by the group. (ABCNEWS Investigative Unit)
Leaders Fortify Security Alliance The presidents of China, Russia and four Central Asian nations met in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to bolster a security alliance and open an anti-terrorism center. (LA Times)
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