The White House announced Thursday that an American drone killed two hostages held in Pakistan by Al Qaeda, one of whom was a former State University of New York faculty member. The drone was fired without knowledge that the hostages were at that location.
The former faculty member was Warren Weinstein, who had been held hostage since 2011. He was in Pakistan working with human rights and assistance groups. Earlier in his career, he taught political science at SUNY Oswego. United University Professions, the SUNY faculty union, had campaigned for his release. This website features background information about his life and efforts that were made to release him.
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