Richard Holbrooke dies

The veteran diplomat who helped bring peace to the Balkans has died at the age of 69, days after heart surgery.

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    Veteran US diplomat Richard Holbrooke, 69, the US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, has died after undergoing surgery to repair a torn aorta.

    After a career spanning nearly 50 years at the pinnacle of US diplomacy, Holbrooke fell ill on Friday, during a meeting at the State Department.

    Holbrooke's death is a significant blow to the US government just days before it is scheduled to announce the latest review of US policy in Afghanistan.

    Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman reports.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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