Obama: 'I profoundly regret' deaths of US, Italian hostages

April 23, 2015 17:31

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama on Thursday apologized for a counterterrorism operation in January that accidentally killed two aid workers held hostage by al-Qaida, American Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto.

"As a husband and as a father, I cannot begin to imagine the anguish that the Weinstein and Lo Porto families are enduring today," Obama told reporters, with a deep sigh, saying he took responsibility for the deaths and has ordered a full review.

"I profoundly regret what happened," Obama said, explaining he declassified some of the details of the operation so that the families could know what happened.

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