Richard Holbrooke dies

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

    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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