Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Dies At 88

Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Dies At 88

Washington, July 1 (TNA) Former defence secretary of the United States Of America, Donald Rumsfeld has died at the age of 88, a statement from his family said. Rumsfeld oversaw the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003 and held the prestigious office of the US defence secretary twice.

Respected for his working ethics and long career as a bureaucrat, his body of work was however scarred by the long and costly war in Iraq. He was also the Pentagon chief under George W Bush Jr, during the 2001 terror attack on US soil, popularly known as 9/11.

He oversaw the US invasion of Afghanistan and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. After hanging in his boots, Rumsfeld headed the Rumsfeld Foundation to promote public service and to work with charities that provide services and support for military families and wounded veterans.

Rumsfeld interestingly is the only person in US history to have served twice as chief of Pentagon. The first time was between 1975-77, when he was the youngest ever and the second time it was between 2001-06 when he was the oldest!

His long career included stints as White House chief of staff, US ambassador, and member of Congress.

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