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Malala Confronts Obama Over Drones

WASHINGTON — The “Bravest Girl in the World” has stood up to President Barack Obama.

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President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and their daughter Malia meet with Malala Yousafzai in the Oval Office on Friday. (credit: Pete Souza/White House)

Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old shot by the Taliban for promoting girl’s education in her native Pakistan, confronted Obama at the White House on Friday about U.S. drone strikes.

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.”

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