President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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An American and an Italian who had been held hostage for several years by Al-Qaeda in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan were inadvertently killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January, President Barack Obama said Thursday.The operation in which American doctor Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto were killed also resulted in the death of an American Al-Qaeda leader, Ahmed Farouq, the White House said. Another American Al-Qaeda member, Adam Gadahn, was also killed, likely in a separate operation, the White House added.The United States had believed the target was an Al-Qaeda compound with no civilians present, and the operation was thought to have killed dangerous Al-Qaeda members, Obama said.Obama said he had spoken with Weinstein's family.
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