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Former US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld dies aged 88

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Donald Rumsfeld, who served as US secretary of defence under president George W Bush and was an architect of the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, died on Wednesday, his family said in a statement. He was 88. “It is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Donald Rumsfeld, an American statesman and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. At 88, he was surrounded by family in his beloved Taos, New Mexico,” the statement said. “History may remember him for his extraordinary accomplishments over six decades of public service, but for those who knew him best …

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