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Media Review

Media Review
Tyler Williamson
SOC 110-02 Intro To Sociology

U.S. Strike that Killed Hostages Could Change Drone Policies
By Paul D. Shinkman April 23, 2015 3:40 p.m.
Intelligence officials were unaware that hostages were at the site targeted by a U.S. strike in January despite “hundreds of hours" of surveillance, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
A signature element of President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism strategy sparked a critical backlash on Thursday, after the commander-in-chief admitted strikes in January along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border resulted in the accidental killing of two innocent hostages, along with the deaths of two American al-Qaida operatives.
Obama took to the White House podium in a briefing Thursday morning to provide some details on the operations three months prior, details of which he has ordered declassified. U.S. officials confirmed in the aftermath of the strikes that aid workers Warren Weinstein, a 73-year-old American from Rockville, Maryland, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian, had been accidentally killed in one strike.
“On behalf of the U.S. government, we offer our deepest apologies to the families,” Obama said. Some aspects of the operation have to remain secret, he said, adding that “the U.S. is a democracy, committed to openness, in good times and in bad.”
“It is a cruel and bitter truth that in the fog of war, generally, and in our fight against terrorists, specifically, mistakes and sometimes deadly mistakes can occur,” Obama said. A willingness to confront mistakes and to learn “sets us apart.”
The president provided no further details on how the strike was conducted – either by a manned airplane or a drone – or whether it was carried out by military personnel or an agency like the CIA. Spending the entirety of the briefing discussing the deaths of the two hostages, Obama also did not…...

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