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Obama takes blame for strike that killed hostages

This still image from video obtained September 11, 2012 courtesy of the Site Intelligence Group shows al-Qaeda American spokesman Adam Gadahn in a videoThe White House said Thursday that a US operation in January against an Al Qaeda compound near the Afghan-Pakistan border killed one American and one Italian hostage, along with an American member of the jihadist group. Another American, Al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn, was killed, “likely in a separate US government counterterrorism operation.” “No words can fully express our regret over this terrible tragedy,” the White House said, revealing the previously classified finding. The president “takes full responsibility for these operations.” US President Barack Obama expressed his profound regrets to their families. The White House identified the hostages killed in the operation against the border compound as US contractor Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto.

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