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US former Secretary of State, Colin Powell dies of Covid-19 complications

US former Secretary of State, Colin Powell dies of Covid-19 complications

 

US former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “General Colin L. Powell has died from complications related to COVID-19.

The Powell family wrote on Facebook on Monday afternoon, October 18 confirming that the former military leader and first black US Secretary of State died of COVID#19.

“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” they said, noting he was fully vaccinated.

“We want to thank the medical staff… for their caring treatment,” it added.

He was a former top military officer who rose to become the first African-American secretary of state in 2001 under former US president, George W Bush. He was aged 84.

Powell served in the US-Vietnam war, an experience that later helped define his own military and political strategies as he became a trusted military adviser to a number of leading US politicians.

Powell’s national popularity rose greatly following the US-led coalition victory during the Gulf War. His reputation, however, would be forever stained when, as George W. Bush’s first secretary of state, he pushed faulty intelligence before the United Nations to advocate for the Iraq War, claiming the country was developing weapons of mass destructions, an allegation that was proven false after the US led invasion of Iraq.

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