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Syrian civil war

Syrian warplanes conduct at least 4 airstrikes on Jisr al-Shughur following city's takeover by al-Qaida, monitoring group says - @AFP

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Alberta, CA

Canadian judge grants bail to ex-Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr pending appeal - @globeandmail

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Italy

Italian officers dismantle 'well-structured terrorist network' with links to al Qaeda in Pakistan, lead investigator says - @AlexSmithNBC

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Al-Qaida hostages killed in US operation

President Obama says he 'profoundly regrets' loss of 2 innocent lives in drone strikes., says 'families deserve to know the truth' in Afghanistan - @PeterAlexander

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Editor's note: Six Americans affiliated with al-Qaida have now been killed by U.S. drone strikes since 2011, NBC News reports. Earlier today, the White House announced two American al-Qaida leaders were killed in January. Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in 2011, was targeted in a strike, but the others were not specifically targeted. - Stephanie

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White House says there is an ongoing independent inspector general review of the operation that killed hostages to establish what happened, make recommendations - @Reuters

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White House says incident with killed hostages from US operation raises legitimate questions about whether changes should be made to any protocols - @Reuters

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Editor's note: Senior U.S. officials tell NBC News that President Obama "did not sign off" on either of the two drone strikes because there was no intelligence that Americans were at the compounds. Shortly after the airstrikes, officials said U.S. intelligence picked up "cellphone chatter and human intelligence" that "hostages may have been killed" in one of the airstrikes. The officials said it took until April to confirm hostages were killed. - Rebecca

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Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr's statement on al-Qaida hostage deaths: 'Congress will continue to conduct vigorous oversight of our nation's counterterrorism operations. I firmly believe the dedicated Americans engaged in those efforts take very seriously the need to prevent collateral damage and limit the risk to innocent people'

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on death of hostages: 'I extend my deepest condolences to the families of Dr. Warren Weinstein, an American held by al-Qaida since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national who had been an Al Qaeda hostage since 2012. We must take all possible steps to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again, and the Congress should play an active role in this oversight'

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ACLU statement on US al-Qaida operations: 'These new disclosures raise troubling questions about the reliability of the intelligence that the government is relying on to justify drone strikes. In each of the operations acknowledged today, the US quite literally didn't know who it was killing. These and other recent strikes in which civilians were killed make clear that there is a significant gap between the relatively stringent standards the government says it's using and the standards that are actually being used. It would of course be easier to assess this gap if the government routinely released information about individual drone strikes. Unfortunately, the president's stated commitment to transparency can't be squared with the secrecy that still shrouds virtually every aspect of the government's drone program'

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Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., statement on death of al-Qaida hostages: 'Moving forward, I have many questions about how this tragedy occurred, and I urge a comprehensive US government review of the case as soon as possible'

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Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., statement: 'The United States and our allies must work to ensure that the men and women who dedicate their lives to international development are properly safeguarded against threats. As Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I will do all in my power to ensure that Warren Weinstein, his family, and fellow aid workers see justice for his needless suffering at the hands of al-Qaida'

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Elaine Weinstein, wife of Warren Weinstein killed in US operation, also says of her husband's death: 'Unfortunately, the assistance we received from other elements of the US government was inconsistent and disappointing over the course of 3-and-a-half years. We hope that my husband's death and the others who have faced similar tragedies in recent months will finally prompt the US government to take its responsibilities seriously and establish a coordinated and consistent approach to supporting hostages and their families'

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'We are devastated by this news and the knowledge that my husband will never safely return home,' says Elaine Weinstein of White House disclosure. - @markknoller

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Update: Senior US official says hostages killed in same strike as American al-Qaida leader Ahmed Farouq; Adam Gadahn killed in separate strike - @NBCNews

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Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., statement: 'The loss of Warren is devastating, a tragic event that we must never forget. Warren was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. Warren's family has endured his long captivity with incredible strength, dignity and resolve. At this heart-rending time, April and I send our prayers to Warren's family, including his wife Elaine, daughters Alisa and Jennifer and the rest of his family. Over the last two years, I feel so fortunate to have developed a relationship with them as we've pursued efforts to bring Warren home. I wish I would have had an opportunity to meet Warren. People in his life all say Warren was a warm friend to people around the world, a man who served our country as a member of the Peace Corps and at USAID. Warren represented the very best of our country; he was a gentle and loving man who dedicated his career to building a better world. We need more Warren Weinsteins in the world'

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President Obama says US believe target was an al-Qaida compound with no civilians present - @Reuters

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President Obama says operation believed to have killed dangerous al-Qaida members - @Reuters

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President Obama: 'It's a cruel and bitter truth that in fog of war, mistakes - deadly mistakes - can happen. We will identify lessons to be learned' - @WilliamsJon

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