I can’t be funny about this, because there’s nothing funny about it.
Today, the White House released details of a drone mission that went horribly wrong. In an attempt to strike at an Al Qaeda base on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border, to take out Ahmed Farouq, a notorious American-born Al Qaeda leader and Adam Gadhan, another US-born Al Qaeda member and radical Islamic preacher, the US also killed an American and an Italian hostage.
Two hostages held by Al Qaeda were killed during separate US drone strikes on terrorist compounds, the White House has revealed.
American aid worker Warren Weinstein, 73, and Italian humanitarian worker Giovanni Lo Porto were killed during counter-terrorism operations in a border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan in January.
President Obama has taken ‘full responsibility’ for the operations, admitting that US forces can sometimes make ‘deadly mistakes’.
During a press conference on Thursday, he also revealed two other Americans, both prominent members of the terrorist organization, were killed in during missions in the same region.
President Obama has said that he takes “full responsibility” for the strike, which reportedly was conducted with faulty or incomplete intelligence. The White House claims to have just found out about the raid and it’s impact, which was conducted in January. Other reports claim that the Wall Street Journal recently came into information on the botched strike and had contacted the White House to respond before publishing. They put their story to print today.
Weinstein, a US AID worker, had been a prisoner of Al Qaeda for several years.