Family's despair for Pakistan's Aafia Siddiqui

A rally on International Women's Day in Karachi on March 8, 2014 for the release of Pakistani scientist Aafia SiddiquiMilitant groups from Al-Qaeda and its offshoots to the Islamic State (IS) have sought the 42-year-old’s release in exchange for captives, most recently the US journalist James Foley, beheaded by IS in August. In an interview with AFP in the sprawling, violent Pakistani port metropolis of Karachi, Siddiqui’s family protested her innocence and despaired at the horrors associated with her name. Siddiqui’s story, one of the most intriguing of the “war on terror” era, began in March 2003 when Al-Qaeda number three and alleged main 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was arrested in Karachi.

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