December 28, 2012

RIP General Schwarzkopf

Radio Free Europe:

Norman Schwarzkopf, the U.S. general who commanded the international coalition that expelled Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991, has died.

“Stormin’ Norman,” as he was popularly known in the United States, was 78.

Schwarzkopf died on December 27 in Tampa, Florida, where he had served his last military assignment as head of the U.S. Central Command.

Schwarzkopf’s sister said he died of complications from pneumonia.

In a statement, former President George H.W. Bush -- who fell ill this week -- said he and wife Barbara mourn the loss of Schwarzkopf, whom Bush called "a true American patriot and one of the great military leaders of his generation."

In 1991, during Bush's presidency, Schwarzkopf became famous for leading Operation Desert Storm, which liberated Kuwait from Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s forces.

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