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First Black US secretary Of State, Colin Powell dies of COVID At 84

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Former United States’s first Black secretary of state, Colin Powell, has died due to complications from COVID-19, the family has said.

 

Powell died on Monday, the family said in a statement on Facebook.

“He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the Powell family said. He was 84.

 

A Gulf War veteran, Powell had a renounce history serving in the Us military and under different administrations. He was a top officer during the fall of the Berlin Wall, the 1989 US invasion of Panama,  the September 11 attacks, and the resulting US invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003.

He served as national security adviser to former President Ronald Reagan from 1987 to 1989 and was the first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under former Republican President George HW Bush and former President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, from 1989 to 1993.

 

Former President George W Bush appointed him the first black secretary of state in 2001.

 

Powell has been accused of misleading the public in the lead up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 as the Bush administration sought to build international support, accusing the then Iraq President Saddam Hussein of stockpiling chemical and biological weapons.

 

Powell later publicly admitted his role in the war was wrong and that America had no bases to invade Iraq.

 

He said his role in Iraq invasion represented “a blot” that will “always be a part of my record”.

 

Former President Bush in a statement on Monday, called Powell a “great public servant”, adding that he was “such a favourite of Presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom, twice”.

 

Powell was the son of Jamaican immigrants and grew up in the South Bronx neighbourhood of New York City. He attended City College of New York and earned an officer’s commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in 1958.

Source: Aljazeera

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