Colin Powell: War hero, historymaker haunted by Iraq 

US Foreign Secretary Colin Powell waves towards the press upon his arrival November 23, 2004 at the congress center to attend an international conference on Iraq which opened in the Egyptian Red Se resort of Sharm el-Sheikh with a call to work for the stability of the war-wracked country in tandem with a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. PHOTO/AFP/ FILE

What you need to know:

  • Beforehand, Powell sought a more prudent policy, struggling for traction against hawks in the Bush cabinet while trying to sway allies for their support -- all to no avail.

Colin Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants who became a US war hero and the first Black secretary of state but saw his legacy tarnished when he made the case for war in Iraq in 2003, died on Monday of Covid-19 complications. He was 84.


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