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Family of Mr. Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian aid worker who was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan last year, have been paid around 1.2 Million USD (£934,000) as a compensation from the US Govt. The White House has confirmed that payments were made to the family, without releasing details.

Mr. Porto was killed along with Mr. Warren Weinstein, an American aid worker while being held hostage by al-Qaeda in 2015, in Pakistan. The alleged Al Qayeda base where they were kept was destroyed by the drone strike, and killed American citizen Ahmed Farouq, described as an al-Qaeda leader.

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Giovannni Lo Porto

Mr Lo Porto had worked for an international aid group called Welthungerhilfe, and disappeared from Multan, Pakistan, in January 2012. Little is known about what happened afterwords. Mr Weinstein, a development worker who lived in Pakistan for seven years, was kidnapped from his home in Lahore, Pakistan, in 2011.

US Army Commanders have long tried to make condolence payments to families of innocent people who’ve been killed in drone operations in Iraq and Afghanistan; however, making these payments has been harder when the civilians were killed in drone strikes in Pakistan, Libya and other places where the US is not officially at war.

Since 2001, the United States has been carrying out drone attacks in several countries, including Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia. The aerial attacks were initiated by President Bush but have been escalated under President Obama; according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the George W. Bush administration ordered 50 drone attacks while the government of current US President Barack Obama has already launched around 500 such strikes. The United Nations has called the US drone attacks targeted killings that flout international law.

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A Reaper drone of US in action

Former US drone operator Brandon Bryant, who was involved in the killing of more than 1600 people, revealed earlier this year that aerial strikes are conducted with complete uncertainty.

Bryant, who worked for almost five years in America’s secret drone program bombing targets in Afghanistan and other countries, such as Pakistan and Iraq, said operators lacked visibility and were not sure about the identity of the people they were shooting at.

“We see silhouette, shadows of people, and we kill those shadows,” he said.

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