US: Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell dies, veterans pay tribute

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Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State and former chairman of the ‘Joint Chiefs’, has died due to complications related to Covid-19. This information was given by his family on Monday. He was 84 years old. Powell became the first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1989. In that role he commanded the US invasion of Panama and later the US invasion of Kuwait in 1991 to drive out Iraqi forces.

His reputation, however, suffered a setback when Powell appeared before the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in 2003 and defended the US war against Iraq. He claimed, citing misinformation, that Saddam Hussein had secretly concealed weapons of mass destruction. He told the world body that Iraq’s claim of no weapons is a “web of lies”.

George W Bush remembered
In an announcement on social media, the family said that Powell had been fully vaccinated. The family said, ‘We have lost a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.’ Former President George W Bush said he and former First Lady Laura Bush were “deeply saddened” by the death of Powell. Bush said, ‘he was a great public servant’ and ‘was widely respected at home and abroad.’

Obama pays tribute
He said, ‘Most important, Colin was a family man and friend. Laura and I send our sincere condolences to Alma and her children remembering the life of a great man.’ Former US President Barack Obama also issued a statement paying tribute to Colin Powell. Sharing his statement on Twitter, he remembered Pavel.

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