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Colin Powell, exemplary general stained by Iraq claims, dies of COVID-19 complications

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UPDATE: Following the death of Colin Powell, Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa to be lowered to half-staff immediately until sunset on Oct. 22.

Colin Powell was a tremendous public servant for our nation and was highly respected by his colleagues both in America and abroad, Reynolds said in a press release. “He forged the way to become the highest rank in civilian government ever held by an African American when he was appointed Secretary of State and devoted his life and work to our country. He will be dearly missed but his legacy will live on for generations.”  


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Colin Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications.

In an announcement on social media Monday, the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. He was 84.

Powell was the first African American to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state.

But his reputation was forever stained when, in 2003, Powell went before the U.N. Security Council and made the case for U.S. war against Iraq. He cited faulty information claiming Saddam Hussein had secretly stashed away weapons of mass destruction.

Iraq's claims that it had not represented "a web of lies," he told the world body.

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