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President Obama is taking responsibility for a drone strike that killed American aid worker and al Qaeda captive Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national who had been an al-Qa’ida hostage since 2012.
“I profoundly regret what happened. On behalf of the United States government, I offer our deepest apologies to the families,” Obama told the press on Thursday.
The deaths bring to seven the number of Americans killed in drone strikes, six of them inadvertently.
Statement released from White House:
It is with tremendous sorrow that we recently concluded that a U.S. Government counterterrorism operation in January killed two innocent hostages held by al-Qa’ida. Our hearts go out to the families of Dr. Warren Weinstein, an American held by al-Qa’ida since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national who had been an al-Qa’ida hostage since 2012. Analysis of all available information has led the Intelligence Community to judge with high confidence that the operation accidentally killed both hostages. The operation targeted an al-Qa’ida-associated compound, where we had no reason to believe either hostage was present, located in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan. No words can fully express our regret over this terrible tragedy.
Video and transcription of President Obama’s statement: (more…)
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