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Prime Minister Ariel Sharon passed away

Former Israeli  Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died.

The controversial military leader was in a coma for nearly eight years, after suffering a massive stroke.
   
Israeli President Shimon Peres issued a statement saying his "dear friend lost his final battle today."
    Sharon's legacy includes years in the military and a pivotal decision to pull Israeli troops out of Gaza.

"With the way he pulled us out of the territories, that was a good move, but a lot of what he did was not humane and he had some pretty dark sides in his politics history."
    "It's very sad. I think whatever your politics are, he was a great, great leader."
   
Ariel Sharon was 85 years old.