Obama Expresses 'Profound Regret' For Hostages Killed In Drone StrikePlay
President Barack Obama this morning apologized for the deaths of two hostages, Warren Weinstein, an American contractor, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian aid worker. The two were killed in a counterterrorism operation on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan in January, in which an American-born al-Qaida leader was also killed.
The president said that his administration's initial review of the drone strike found that it was "fully consistent" with U.S. counterterrorism guidelines, which require special legal clearances in order to directly target American terrorism suspects. NPR's Scott Horsley joins Here & Now's Robin Young with details.
- Scott Horsley, White House correspondent for NPR.
This segment aired on April 23, 2015.