Morality of Drone Warfare Debated as US Acknowledges Killing Hostages in Drone Strike


There have been sharp new moral questions this week about America’s use of weaponized drones in the war against terror. President Obama acknowledged that three Americans, one of them a hostage, were killed in US drone strikes against al-Qaeda. Two of the Americans were suspected of working with al-Qaeda, although the president said they were not directly targeted. The third, Warren Weinstein, was a longtime aid worker who was abducted in 2011. Obama apologized for the killing of Weinstein and an Italian hostage. Some critics say the US drone campaign violates international law.

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