Colin Powell’s military and political career

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General Colin Powell, commander of the US 5th Army Corps, raises his hand in salute next to his wife, during a farewell ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany, December 30, 1986.

Colin Powell was born on April 5, 1937 in the Harlem neighborhood, New York City, his parents were Jamaican immigrants.

He passed away today from Covid-19 complications at the age of 84.

General Colin Powell, commander of the US 5th Army Corps, raises his hand in salute next to his wife, during a farewell ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany, December 30, 1986.

Colin Powell was born on April 5, 1937 in the Harlem neighborhood, New York City, his parents were Jamaican immigrants.

He passed away today from Covid-19 complications at the age of 84.

Colin Powell's military and political career

General Powell (center, front row), visited the bombed area of the Panama Defense Force in Panama City, Panama’s capital, in January 1990.

During his four-year tenure, Powell commanded the US military to respond to 28 crises, including the 1989 attack on Panama to overthrow General Manuel Noriega and Operation Desert Storm during the 1991 Gulf War.

General Powell (center, front row), visited the bombed area of the Panama Defense Force in Panama City, Panama’s capital, in January 1990.

During his four-year tenure, Powell commanded the US military to respond to 28 crises, including the 1989 attack on Panama to overthrow General Manuel Noriega and Operation Desert Storm during the 1991 Gulf War.

Colin Powell's military and political career

General Colin Powell, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a meeting of the House Armed Services Committee on September 25, 1991.

Powell was nicknamed the `hesitant warrior`, because he rarely considered military intervention as the leading solution to handle international crises, instead preferring to contain the threat and resolve it through foreign means.

General Colin Powell, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a meeting of the House Armed Services Committee on September 25, 1991.

Powell was nicknamed the `hesitant warrior`, because he rarely considered military intervention as the leading solution to handle international crises, instead preferring to contain the threat and resolve it through foreign means.

Colin Powell's military and political career

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell at a press conference at the Pentagon in 1993.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell at a press conference at the Pentagon in 1993.

Colin Powell's military and political career

President-elect George W. Bush (right) nominated retired General Colin Powell as US Secretary of State at a ceremony in Crawford, Texas, December 16, 2000.

Powell retired early in 1993 and pursued a career in politics.

President-elect George W. Bush (right) nominated retired General Colin Powell as US Secretary of State at a ceremony in Crawford, Texas, December 16, 2000.

Powell retired early in 1993 and pursued a career in politics.

Colin Powell's military and political career

Secretary of State Colin Powell at a press conference at the US State Department headquarters in Washington on May 21, 2001.

Powell received a lot of criticism for his key role in the process of building a pretext for the US to attack Iraq in 2003. During the United Nations Security Council meeting on February 5, 2003, he announced evidence to accuse

Secretary of State Colin Powell at a press conference at the US State Department headquarters in Washington on May 21, 2001.

Powell received a lot of criticism for his key role in the process of building a pretext for the US to attack Iraq in 2003. During the United Nations Security Council meeting on February 5, 2003, he announced evidence to accuse

Colin Powell's military and political career

US Secretary of State Colin Powell (right) chats with German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer (second from left) and Greek Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis (center) at a joint photo session of NATO foreign ministers at the alliance headquarters in Brussels

Powell left the State Department in early 2005 after submitting his resignation to President Bush.

`It’s a stain that will forever be attached to me,` Powell said.

US Secretary of State Colin Powell (right) chats with German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer (second from left) and Greek Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis (center) at a joint photo session of NATO foreign ministers at the alliance headquarters in Brussels

Powell left the State Department in early 2005 after submitting his resignation to President Bush.

`It’s a stain that will forever be attached to me,` Powell said.

Colin Powell's military and political career

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) next to former US Secretary of State Colin Powell during a reception at the German embassy in Washington on January 12, 2006.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) next to former US Secretary of State Colin Powell during a reception at the German embassy in Washington on January 12, 2006.

Colin Powell's military and political career

President Barack Obama chats with reporters after meeting former Secretary of State Colin Powell in the Oval Office of the White House on December 1, 2010.

President Barack Obama chats with reporters after meeting former Secretary of State Colin Powell in the Oval Office of the White House on December 1, 2010.

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