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