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William Sullivan dies at 90; diplomat had key roles in Vietnam, Iran conflicts
William Sullivan dies at 90; diplomat had key roles in Vietnam, Iran conflicts

William H. Sullivan, a veteran diplomat who oversaw the "secret war" in Laos, aided in negotiations to end U.S. military involvement in Vietnam and was the last American ambassador to Iran, died Oct. 11, one day before his 91st birthday. Sullivan died at an assisted-living facility in Washington, according to his daughter, Anne Sullivan. The cause was not given. As ambassador to Laos, Sullivan controlled a secret U.S. bombing campaign against North Vietnamese troops moving through Laotian territory along the Ho Chi Minh trail. His daughter said Sullivan required that he approve all bombing runs, in an effort to limit civilian casualties and armed conflict in Laos. Sullivan...

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