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Colin Powell, first Black US secretary of state, dies of COVID

October 18th, 2021 | Tags:
Colin Powell, the former United States Secretary of State and the first Black person in the country’s history to fill the position, has died due to complications from COVID-19, his family has said. Photo: Internet Source
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WASHINGTON, USA - olin Powell, the former United States Secretary of State and the first Black person in the country’s history to fill the position, has died due to complications from COVID-19, his family has said.

Powell, a four star general who last held public office in 2005, died on Monday, the family said in a statement on Facebook. He was 84.

“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.

Known as a moderate and pragmatist, Powell was instrumental in shaping the foreign policy of Republican presidential administrations for decades. He was in top posts during the fall of the Berlin wall, the 1989 US invasion of Panama, the 1991 Gulf War, 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 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under former President George HW Bush and former President Bill Clinton from 1989 to 1993.

When he was confirmed as former President George W Bush’s Secretary of State in 2001, he became the first Black person in US history to fill the role.

At the time, he also became the highest ranking Black official in US history, later equalled by former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and surpassed by former President Barack Obama.

3 Responses to “Colin Powell, first Black US secretary of state, dies of COVID”

  • 1 (18/10/2021, 14:26) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    he operated in the white man's world he will be missed
  • trrefdrfds (18/10/2021, 17:19) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    Good riddance. He should have been tried for war crimes.
  • justice (19/10/2021, 09:04) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    All the Iraqis that dies under his hands, He should not be celebrated but instead should have been tried as a war criminal.


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