Richard Holbrooke proved his negotiating skills after the successful 1995 Dayton accords that ended the Balkan conflict.
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.