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Pakistan leader backed war on terror after 9/11

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Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistan leader who provided crucial support to the U.S.-led “war on terror” following the 9/11 attacks, has died at 79, the Pakistan military announced Sunday. 

No cause of death was revealed, but Musharraf, had been battling a rare disease, amyloidosis, and was being treated at a hospital in Dubai, Pakistani media reported. 

Musharraf seized power in 1999 from then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless coup. Sharif had tried to remove Musharraf from his position as military leader – a year after Sharif had appointed him. 

The Pakistan military issued a statement expressing “heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of General Pervez Musharraf. … May Allah bless the departed soul and give strength to bereaved family.”

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is escorted by soldiers on his arrival at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on April 20, 2013.

Musharraf forged close ties with US, George W. Bush

Musharraf served as president of the Islamic country from 1999-2008 and was a close ally of the U.S. and President George W. Bush after the 9/11 attacks. Bush referred to him as a “best buddy, and joint U.S.-Pakistani operations led to the arrests of dozens of leading Al Qaeda figures, including ringleader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. But Musharraf’s swift partnership with Washington during its military intervention in neighboring Afghanistan drew mixed reviews at home.

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