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Yousafzai Confronts President Obama

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Posted on Oct 13, 2013
AP/Jessica Rinaldi

Malala Yousafzai listens as Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust introduces her to reporters at the university in September.

Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani campaigner for education rights who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, told President Obama on Friday that his drone wars are creating terrorists.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

CNN Politics:

In a meeting that included first lady Michelle Obama, the young activist challenged one of Obama’s premier counterterrorism strategies.

“I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism,” she said in a statement released today. “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.”

The U.S. government has said strikes by the unmanned aircraft are a necessary part of the fight against militant groups, including the Taliban.

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