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Malala Yousafzai to Obama: ‘Drone Attacks are Fueling Terrorism’

Would-be Nobel Peace Prizer Malala Yousafzai met with President Barack Obama on Friday evening and thanked the president for his efforts helping education in Pakistan, but also had a message for him: drone strikes, a prominent aspect of Obama’s foreign policy, were “fueling terrorism.”

Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for defending Pakistani girls’ right to education, visited the White House following an address at the World Bank. Obama, First Lady Michelle, and their daughter Malia welcomed her “to thank her for her inspiring and passionate work on behalf of girls education in Pakistan.” The White House released the following photo of the four:

“I thanked President Obama for the United States’ work in supporting education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and for Syrian refugees,” Yousafzai said in a later statement. “I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact.”

Obama’s foreign policy has been marked by a increase in the use of unmanned drones, including in the controversial killing of Anwar al-Alwaki and his teenage son. Critics say the attacks cause civilian casualties that aide insurgent groups in recruitment.

[h/t WaPo]

[Image via White House]

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