Peaceful Soldier and Hawkish Diplomat: Ups and Downs of Late Colin Powell

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Colin Powell, who passed away due to complications from COVID-19 on Monday, was a politician with an outstanding biography. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, first African American secretary of state, and a renowned general, he was considered by many as a perfect presidential candidate - but also the man who opened the door for the Iraq War.
Sputnik has collected the most notable highlights of the late general, showing how people will remember the late politician and his controversial legacy.
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US Secretary of State Colin Powell holds up a vial that he described as one that could contain anthrax, during his presentation on [Iraq] at the UN Security Council, in New York on 5 February 2003.

US Secretary of State Colin Powell holds up a vial that he described as one that could contain anthrax, during his presentation on [Iraq] at the UN Security Council, in New York on 5 February 2003. - Sputnik International
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US Secretary of State Colin Powell holds up a vial that he described as one that could contain anthrax, during his presentation on [Iraq] at the UN Security Council, in New York on 5 February 2003.

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The American flag and National League of Families POW/MIA flag on top of the White House flying at half-staff following the death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, on 18 October 2021 in Washington, DC. Powell, 84, died Monday due to complications from COVID-19.

The American flag and National League of Families POW/MIA flag on top of the White House flying at half-staff following the death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, on 18 October 2021 in Washington, DC. Powell, 84, died Monday due to complications from COVID-19. - Sputnik International
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The American flag and National League of Families POW/MIA flag on top of the White House flying at half-staff following the death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, on 18 October 2021 in Washington, DC. Powell, 84, died Monday due to complications from COVID-19.

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Colin Powell dances onstage with Nigerian hip-hop group Olu Maintain at the Africa Rising Festival at the Royal Albert Hall, Tuesday 14 October 2008.

Colin Powell dances onstage with Nigerian hip-hop group Olu Maintain at the Africa Rising Festival at the Royal Albert Hall, Tuesday 14 October 2008.  - Sputnik International
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Colin Powell dances onstage with Nigerian hip-hop group Olu Maintain at the Africa Rising Festival at the Royal Albert Hall, Tuesday 14 October 2008.

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell and his Soviet counterpart, Chief of the General Staff Mikhail Moiseev, examine Soviet warplanes. July 1991.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell and his Soviet counterpart, Chief of the General Staff Mikhail Moiseev, examine Soviet warplanes. July 1991. - Sputnik International
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell and his Soviet counterpart, Chief of the General Staff Mikhail Moiseev, examine Soviet warplanes. July 1991.

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US President George W. Bush, with Secretary of State Colin Powell, responds to a question from the press about his recent weight gain during a stop to talk with the press outside a Crawford, Texas restaurant where the two men had lunch, 6 August 2003.

US President George W. Bush, with Secretary of State Colin Powell, responds to a question from the press about his recent weight gain during a stop to talk with the press outside a Crawford, Texas restaurant where the two men had lunch, 6 August 2003. - Sputnik International
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US President George W. Bush, with Secretary of State Colin Powell, responds to a question from the press about his recent weight gain during a stop to talk with the press outside a Crawford, Texas restaurant where the two men had lunch, 6 August 2003.

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Former President Ronald Reagan is caught by General Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former national security adviser to the president, left, and other personnel after tripping while stepping over some bushes following a ceremony honouring Powell with the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award in Simi Valley, Calif., 10 November 1993.

Former President Ronald Reagan is caught by General Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former national security adviser to the president, left, and other personnel after tripping while stepping over some bushes following a ceremony honouring Powell with the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award in Simi Valley, Calif., 10 November 1993. - Sputnik International
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Former President Ronald Reagan is caught by General Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former national security adviser to the president, left, and other personnel after tripping while stepping over some bushes following a ceremony honouring Powell with the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award in Simi Valley, Calif., 10 November 1993.

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell points to Iraqi airbases that had shown activity, at a Pentagon briefing on Wednesday, 24 January 1991 in Washington.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell points to Iraqi airbases that had shown activity, at a Pentagon briefing on Wednesday, 24 January 1991 in Washington. - Sputnik International
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell points to Iraqi airbases that had shown activity, at a Pentagon briefing on Wednesday, 24 January 1991 in Washington.

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Princess Diana and Ret. General Colin Powell converse during the United Cerebral Palsy's annual dinner at the New York Hilton on Monday evening, 11 December 1995. Diana was to be honoured with United Cerebral Palsy's Humanitarian Award.

Princess Diana and Ret. General Colin Powell converse during the United Cerebral Palsy's annual dinner at the New York Hilton on Monday evening, 11 December 1995.  Diana was to be honoured with United Cerebral Palsy's Humanitarian Award. - Sputnik International
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Princess Diana and Ret. General Colin Powell converse during the United Cerebral Palsy's annual dinner at the New York Hilton on Monday evening, 11 December 1995. Diana was to be honoured with United Cerebral Palsy's Humanitarian Award.

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell visiting 2nd Guards Tamanskaya Motor Rifle Division. July 1991.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell visiting 2nd Guards Tamanskaya Motor Rifle Division. July 1991. - Sputnik International
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell visiting 2nd Guards Tamanskaya Motor Rifle Division. July 1991.

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US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice receives a pat on the cheek from US Secretary of State Colin Powell in the Oval Office as President George W. Bush was finishing a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on 7 May 2002.

US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice receives a pat on the cheek from US Secretary of State Colin Powell in the Oval Office as President George W. Bush was finishing a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on 7 May 2002. - Sputnik International
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US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice receives a pat on the cheek from US Secretary of State Colin Powell in the Oval Office as President George W. Bush was finishing a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on 7 May 2002.

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US Secretary of State Colin Powell laughs as he removes his jacket before a presentation of the Liberty Medal at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, 4 July 2002.

US Secretary of State Colin Powell laughs as he removes his jacket before a presentation of the Liberty Medal at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, 4 July 2002. - Sputnik International
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US Secretary of State Colin Powell laughs as he removes his jacket before a presentation of the Liberty Medal at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, 4 July 2002.

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A banner depicting former US Secretary of State Colin Powell is seen above an escalator at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York in New York City, US, 18 October 2021.

A banner depicting former US Secretary of State Colin Powell is seen above an escalator at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York in New York City, US, 18 October 2021. - Sputnik International
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A banner depicting former US Secretary of State Colin Powell is seen above an escalator at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York in New York City, US, 18 October 2021.

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