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U.S. Envoy Richard Holbrooke Dies

Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, has died, reports ABC News. Holbrooke had undergone surgery this weekend in an attempt to repair a torn aorta. The surgery, which was his second, was meant to improve circulation. Holbrooke was a diplomatic star for more than 45 years, and was nearing completion of a formal review of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan to be released Thursday. President Obama recently called Holbrooke a " towering figure" in U.S. foreign policy. He was 69 years old.

December 13, 2010 2:36 PM