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Drone killings reopen debate on U.S. hostage policy

Drone killings reopen debate on U.S. hostage policy

It wasn't until three months after a U.S. drone blasted a suspected al-Qaida compound in Pakistan that America's spies figured out that an aid worker from Rockville had been killed, the White House said this week. The deaths of Warren Weinstein, who was working as a federal contractor on economic development projects in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region when he was captured by al-Qaida in 2011, and an Italian aid worker drew renewed calls for a change in the U.S. government's policy on hostages. Lawmakers including Rep. John Delaney, Weinstein's congressman, have called for the creation of an office to coordinate intelligence and rescue attempts among the federal...