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Former US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld dies aged 88

Donald Rumsfeld the two-time US defence secretary and one-time presidential candidate, has died at the age of 88, his family said in a statement.

The family said he ‘was surrounded by family in his beloved Taos, New Mexico’.

Mr Rumsfeld was regarded by former colleagues as smart and combative, patriotic and politically cunning and had a storied career under four presidents and nearly a quarter of a century in corporate America.

But his reputation as a skilled bureaucrat and visionary of a modern US military was soiled by the long and costly Iraq war.

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