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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-Qaeda 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 when he was captured by al-Qaeda in 2011, and an Italian aid worker drew renewed calls for a revamp of the government's policy on hostages. Lawmakers including Rep. John Delaney, Weinstein's congressman, have called for the creation of a new office to coordinate intelligence and rescue attempts among the federal agencies...