Ex-US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld dead at 88

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Mr Rumsfeld (L) served under President Bush (R) and was the main architect of the Iraq war

Former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, one of the main architects of the Iraq war, has died at the age of 88, his family has announced.

Serving under President George W Bush, he was a leading proponent of the administration’s “war on terror”.

US forces launched a campaign in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. In 2003 the US invaded Iraq.

Mr Rumsfeld resigned in 2006 amid the turmoil in post-war Iraq, but has defended his record.

“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,” the family said in a statement.

He died at his home in the town of Taos, New Mexico.

Ahead of the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Mr Rumsfeld vocally made the case for such an attack.

He argued that the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction posed a danger to the world, but no such weapons were ever found. (BBC)

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