Obama Apologizes, Takes Responsibility
President Obama said he is responsible for the drone strike that killed American and Italian hostages, and apologized.
“I profoundly regret what happened,” Obama said, apologizing to the families of the deceased.
A statement from the White House identified the hostages as Dr. Warren Weinstein [pictured], an American held by al Qaeda since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national who had been an al Qaeda hostage since 2012. According to the White House, the operation in which the two were killed targeted an al Qaeda-associated compound, “where we had no reason to believe either hostage was present, located in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan.”