U.S. President Barack Obama looking to identify ''lessons that can be learned'' after two aid workers held hostage were inadvertently killed during a counterterrorism operation in Pakistan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama told members of the intelligence community on Friday (April 24) that he wants to see whether changes are needed after a counterterrorism operation on an al Qaeda compound inadvertently killed two aid workers held hostage. "We're going to review what happened. We're going to identify the lessons that can be learned and any improvements and changes that can be made," Obama said in a speech marking the 10th anniversary of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. A U.S. drone strike in January targeting an al Qaeda compound in Pakistan near the Afghan border inadvertently killed an American and an Italian who had been held hostage for years by the group, U.S. officials said on Thursday (April 23). President Barack Obama apologized and took "full responsibility" for all counterterrorism operations, including this one. The deaths were a setback for the long-running U.S. drone strike program that has targeted Islamist militants in Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere, and has often drawn criticism in those countries and from civil liberties groups in the United States. Killed in the January drone strike were aid workers Warren Weinstein, an American held by al Qaeda since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian who went missing in Pakistan in 2012, as well as Ahmed Farouq, an American who was an al Qaeda leader, U.S. officials said.