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

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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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