President Obama announced Thursday that a U.S. drone strike operation targeting an al-Qaeda compound killed two hostages, one of them being American Warren Weinstein.
Mr. Obama took full responsibility for the incident.
“As president and as Commander-in-chief, I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations including the one that inadvertently took the lives of Warren and Giovanni,” Obama said Thursday morning in the White House briefing room, where he apologized on behalf of the U.S. government.
The White House also disclosed Thursday that two Americans, both al Qaeda operatives, were also killed in U.S. counterterrorism operations in the same region.
CNN reports that Obama did not specifically call for the strike, but it was carried out within policy guidelines. The families of the hostages will be compensated, but the amount is not clear.