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Previous US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld dies aged 88



Former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld dies aged 88

onald Rumsfeld, the two-time US defense secretary whose status was unraveled by the long and highly-priced Iraq war, has died aged 88.

In a statement Wednesday, Rumsfeld’s household stated he “was surrounded by relatives in his beloved Taos, New Mexico”.

President George W. Bush, below whom Rumsfeld served as Pentagon chief, hailed his “steady assistance as a wartime secretary of defense, a obligation he carried out with strength, ability, and honour”.

Regarded by previous colleagues as equally sensible and combative, patriotic and politically cunning, Rumsfeld experienced a extended occupation in authorities underneath four presidents.

Following retiring in 2008 he headed the Rumsfeld Basis to market community provider and to do the job with charities that provide products and services and help for armed service people and wounded veterans.

Rumsfeld is the only man or woman to serve 2 times as Pentagon main. The 1st time, in 1975-77, he was the youngest at any time. The future time, in 2001-06, he was the oldest.

He designed a brief operate for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination, a stunning flop that he once described as humbling for a male made use of to achievement at the greatest levels of the federal government.

For all Rumsfeld’s achievements, it was the setbacks in Iraq in the twilight of his occupation that will probable etch the most vivid attributes of his legacy.

The US-led invasion of Iraq was released in March 2003.

Baghdad fell quickly, but U.S. and allied forces before long grew to become consumed with a violent insurgency.

Critics faulted Rumsfeld for dismissing the pre-invasion assessment of the US Army’s leading general, Eric Shinseki, that several hundred thousand allied troops would be necessary to stabilise Iraq.

Rumsfeld twice available his resignation to Bush in 2004 amid disclosures that US troops had abused detainees at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, an episode he afterwards referred to as his “darkest hour” as protection secretary.


Brad Pitt ‘in new legal suit against Angelina Jolie over French vineyard’



Brad Pitt ‘in new legal suit against Angelina Jolie over French vineyard’

According to, new court papers accuse Jolie of trying to remove Pitt from a deal to sell her shares in the former couple’s French property and vineyard, Chateau Miraval.

The website says the court papers were filed in Luxembourg on Tuesday in regard to the property in Correns, France.

It says the lawsuit suggests Miraval is owned by Quimicum – which both Pitt and Jolie have a 50 per cent take in through their companies Mondo Bongo and Nouvel respectively.

The suit reportedly alleges that Jolie is attempting to flog her 50 per cent stake while circumventing Pitt’s right of first refusal. It allegedly claims she is attempting to profit from the “incredible amount of work, time and money” invested by Pitt and his business partners.

The papers alleged say: “We understand that behind this systematic obstruction, the real purpose of Nouvel and its shareholder [Jolie] is to sell its stake in Chateau Miraval SA in a way that would circumvent Mondo Bongo’s right of first refusal (as provided in Quimicum’s articles of approval), taking, as a result, a capital gain raised thanks to Mondo Bongo’s investment and to which Nouvel did not contribute.”

The representatives of both Pitt and Jolie have been contacted for comment.

The actress filed for divorce in 2016 and the former Hollywood golden couple, who share six children, have been wrangling in legal proceedings concerning their separation in California largely shielded from public view.

Pitt, 57, was accused of being abusive toward his then-15-year-old son Maddox during the flight, but investigations by child welfare officials and the FBI were closed with no charges being filed.

Jolie, 46, made the allegation in an interview with The Guardian promoting her new book, Know Your Rights And Claim Them, which aims to equip children with the knowledge to challenge injustices.

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