American killed in U.S. counterterrorism operation was former SUNY Oswego professor

Warren Weinstein

Dr. Warren Weinstein, one of the men killed, in a U.S. counterterrorism operation was a former faculty member at SUNY Oswego.

President Barack Obama issued a statement in September of 2011 after he was kidnapped by al-Qaida in Pakistan.

Weinstein was a tenured professor at the university's political science department in the 1970s before he left to aid people in developing countries with economic development with U.S. Aid. He was working with the organization when he was abducted from his home in Lahore, Pakistan on Aug. 13, 2011.

-- Below:White House: Americans held by, working with al-Qaida killed --

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says U.S. counterterrorism operations killed American and Italian hostages held by al-Qaida, as well as two Americans who were working with the terror organization.

It says the U.S. recently concluded that American Warren Weinstein and Italian national Giovanni Lo Porto, hostages held by al Qaida, were killed in a January operation in a border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The White House says it also believes two other Americans were recently killed in a counterterrorism operation in the same region.

The White House believes that Ahmed Farouq, an American who was an al-Qaida leader, was killed in the same January operation that resulted in the hostages' deaths. And it has also concluded that American Adam Gadahn was likely killed in a separate U.S. mission.

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