New video released of Rockville's Warren Weinstein, who's being held captive by al-Qaeda

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WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) -- Warren Weinstein of Rockville, Maryland was captured by al-Qaeda over two years ago. In a video released on Christmas Day, a tired, pale Weinstein pleas for President Obama's help.

"Now when I need my government, it seems that I have been totally abandoned and forgotten," Weinstein said in the video. "I have been cut off from my family, my wife who's over 70, my two daughters, my two grandchildren, my son-in-law and perhaps new members of the family whom I have never met."

Weinstein was working as a government contractor in Lahore, Pakistan in August 2011 when gunmen busted in and kidnapped him. Although the video offers alleged proof the 72-year-old is still alive, hope is fading. In it, Weinstein makes a direct plea, from one father to another.

"Mr Obama, you are a family man and so you understand the deep mental anxiety and anguish that I have been experiencing for these past more than two years. I am therefore appealing to you, on a humanitarian basis if nothing else, and asking that you take the necessary actions to expedite my release and my return to my family and to my country, to our country."

At Weinstein's Rockville home, a yellow ribbon patiently waits, the family's not home today. Weinstein says he's not doing well.

"I am now over 72 years of age, I am not in good health. I have a heart condition, I suffer from acute asthma and the years have taken their toll."

While the video was released Wednesday, the State department says they're trying to confirm it's real. Weinstein worked for J.E. Austin Associates, of Arlington. 

The White House has repeatedly said they will not bargain with al-Qaeda. 

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