Rabu, 30 Juni 2021

Donald Rumsfeld, former US defense secretary and architect of Iraq war, dies aged 88 - ABC News

Former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld has died at the age of 88.

Mr Rumsfeld served under president Gerald Ford from 1975 to 1977, and then under president George W Bush from 2001 to 2006.

He was main architect of the Iraq War in the Bush administration, until Mr Bush replaced him as the US found itself bogged down after three and a half years of fighting.

Mr Rumsfeld played a leading role in making the case for the March 2003 invasion.

He warned of the dangers of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, but no such weapons were ever discovered.

US and allied forces swiftly toppled Iraqi president Saddam Hussein following the invasion but failed to maintain law and order in the aftermath. 

Iraq descended into chaos, with a bloody insurgency and violence between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

US troops remained in Iraq until 2011, long after Mr Rumsfeld left his post.

In a statement, Mr Rumsfeld's family said he died surrounded by family in the state of New Mexico.

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2021-06-30 19:35:19Z

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