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Ariel Sharon - 1955

In this picture provided by the Israeli Defense Ministry, current Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, standing second left, poses with military commanders including Moshe Dayan, center, in this Oct. 28, 1955 photo. (AP Photo/Defense Ministry)

Former Israeli Prime Minister Sharon dies at 85

Ariel Sharon, the hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister who was admired and hated for his battlefield exploits and ambitions to reshape the Middle East, died Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him in a coma from which he never awoke. He was 85.

As one of Israel's most famous soldiers, Sharon was known for bold tactics and an occasional refusal to obey orders. As a politician he became known as "the bulldozer," a man contemptuous of his critics while also capable of getting things done. (AP)

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