AP source: Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dies

10:03 PM, Dec 27, 2012   |    comments
Portrait of Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf (Photo by Time Life Pictures/US Army/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
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By LOLITA C. BALDOR / Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. official says retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died. He was 78.

The official tells The Associated Press that Schwarzkopf died Thursday in Tampa, Fla. The official wasn't authorized to release the information publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

A much-decorated combat soldier in Vietnam, Schwarzkopf was known popularly as "Stormin' Norman" for a notoriously explosive temper.

He lived in retirement in Tampa, where he had served in his last military assignment as commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command. That is the headquarters responsible for U.S. military and security concerns in nearly 20 countries from the eastern Mediterranean and Africa to Pakistan.

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