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    US Admits Drone Strike Killed American and Italian Hostages

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    The White House has confirmed that American and Italian hostages being held by al-Qaeda were accidentally killed in a US antiterrorism operation carried out in January.

    US counterterrorism operations resulted in the deaths of an American and an Italian being held hostage by al-Qaeda, the White House announced in a press statement on Thursday.

    "It is with tremendous sorrow that we recently concluded that a US Government counterterrorism operation in January killed two innocent hostages held by al-Qaeda," said the White House in a press statement on Thursday.

    "Our hearts go out to the families of Dr. Warren Weinstein, an American held by al-Qaeda since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national who had been an al-Qaeda hostage since 2012."

    The counterterrorism operation was carried out on an al-Qaeda compound located in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    According to the statement, the same strike killed Ahmed Farouq, an American who was an al-Qaeda leader. Another American member of al-Qaeda, Adam Gadahn, is also believed to have been killed in January, in a separate antiterrorism operation. 

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