President Barack Obama has admitted that the United States drone raids into al Qaeda hideouts killed two of the hostages that were being held by the terrorist group.
According to United States government officials, an American aid worker and an Italian, the two who were held hostage by Al Qaeda were killed in an American drone strike in Pakistan in January.
The officials lamented that the Central Intelligence Agency authorized the attack with no idea that the hostages were being held there despite hundreds of hours of surveillance.
The ill-fated American in the drone attack died in an operation that was initially intended to save him.
In response to the deaths, President Obama apologized for the deaths, saying he took full responsibility for the United States drone attacks that were intended to be counterterrorism operations.
The two hostages, Warren Weinstein, an American kidnapped in 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian seized in 2012, were killed January 15
in a remote area in Pakistan known as a Qaeda sanctuary, officials said.
An American member of Al Qaeda, Adam Gadahn, was killed in a separate strike in the same region January 19, according to the officials.
Gadahn was a leading propagandist and the highest-ranked American in al Qaeda’s terror hierarchy linked to the September 11 attacks.
He served Osama bin Laden through the turmoil of the September 11 attacks ii the United States which killed close to 3000 people and caused America its economy for several years.