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US monitors: Al-Qaida offshoot threatens to kill American hostage kidnapped in Yemen

  • This image made from video posted online by militants on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Luke Somers, an American photojournalist born in Britain and held hostage by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen. The group is threatening to kill Somers, who was kidnapped more than a year ago and has given Washington three days to meet several unspecified demands, a U.S. terrorism monitoring group said Thursday. (AP Photo/Militant Video)

    This image made from video posted online by militants on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Luke Somers, an American photojournalist born in Britain and held hostage by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen. The group is threatening to kill Somers, who was kidnapped more than a year ago and has given Washington three days to meet several unspecified demands, a U.S. terrorism monitoring group said Thursday. (AP Photo/Militant Video)  (The Associated Press)

  • This image made from video posted online by militants on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Luke Somers, an American photojournalist born in Britain and held hostage by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen. The Pentagon says a hostage rescue mission last month in Yemen failed to liberate American Somers because he was not present at the targeted location.  (AP Photo/Militant Video)

    This image made from video posted online by militants on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Luke Somers, an American photojournalist born in Britain and held hostage by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen. The Pentagon says a hostage rescue mission last month in Yemen failed to liberate American Somers because he was not present at the targeted location. (AP Photo/Militant Video)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 photo, Luke Somers, 33, an American photojournalist who was kidnapped over a year ago by al-Qaida, poses for a picture during a parade marking the second anniversary of the revolution in Sanaa, Yemen. Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen threatened an American hostage kidnapped over a year ago, giving Washington three days to meet unspecified demands in a new video released Thursday. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    In this Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 photo, Luke Somers, 33, an American photojournalist who was kidnapped over a year ago by al-Qaida, poses for a picture during a parade marking the second anniversary of the revolution in Sanaa, Yemen. Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen threatened an American hostage kidnapped over a year ago, giving Washington three days to meet unspecified demands in a new video released Thursday. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

A U.S. terrorism watchdog says al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen is threatening to kill an American hostage kidnapped in the Arabian Peninsula country over a year ago if its demands are not met.

The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors terror sites, said Thursday it obtained a video by Yemen's al-Qaida offshoot featuring the hostage identified as 33-year-old Luke Somers, an American British-born photojournalist.

Somers was kidnapped in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, in September 2013.

The three-minute video released by SITE first shows Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, a local al-Qaida figure, speaking about alleged American crimes against the Muslim world and saying the U.S. is "aware" of the militants' demands.

Then Somers gives a brief statement in English, saying he is certain his "life is in danger" and asking for help.