Colin L. Powell, former secretary of state and military leader, dies at 84

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Colin L. Powell, former secretary of state and military leader, dies at 84

From The Washington Post | News by Bradley Graham

Colin L. Powell, who helped guide the U.S. military to victory in the 1991 Persian Gulf War as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, then struggled a decade later over the U.S. invasion of Iraq as a beleaguered secretary of state under President George W. Bush, died Oct. 18 at 84.

The cause was complications from covid-19, his family said in a statement. He had been treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., his family added, noting he had been fully vaccinated. A longtime aide, Peggy Cifrino, told the Associated Press that Mr. Powell had been treated in recent years for multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer that can impair the body’s ability to fight infection

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