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Former US Gulf War commander 'Stormin Norman' Schwarzkopf dies

Former US Gulf War commander Norman Schwarzkopf Photo:

Former US General Norman Schwarzkopf, who led coalition forces during Operation Desert Storm in the Gulf, has died at the age of 78 at his home in Tampa, Florida.

General Schwarzkopf known as "Stormin Norman" was a decorated Vietnam veteran who went on to become the commander-in-chief of US Central Command.

In 1991, he commanded more than 540,000 US troops and 200,000 allied forces under Operation Desert Storm.

The six-week war drove Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's army from Kuwait in 1991, capping his 35-year military career.

General Schwarzkopf commanded the first Gulf War Credit: Reuters

In this archive footage, General Schwarzkopf, spoke of his pride serving his country ahead of his retirement.

The former US president George Bush Snr, who is himself being treated in intensive care, released a statement describing Schwarzkopf as "one of the great military leaders of his generation".